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Biometric tagging of criminals raises hackles

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As Japan’s mania for vein-authentication technology shows no signs of slacking off, the country’s first private-run prison has announced plans to keep tabs on its inmates by encoding their biometric info on IC cards.

The system will involve scanning the criminals’ finger veins on admission, and then using the info to verify their identity and movements once inside. A Japanese lawyers group has criticized the plan, saying it paves the way for the technology’s eventual use — and abuse — among the law abiding.

(Via Kyodo)

Yoshi’s take: What’s that lawyers group worried about? Everyone in Japan seems willing to embrace this technology on their own.

01:17 AM Steve Trautlein • Permalink
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