Mobile biometric driver’s licenses coming to a state near you


MorphoTrust (MT) is trying to convince motorists that mobile biometric driver’s licenses (MDL) are a good thing. Two years ago MT convinced the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to pilot their mobile driver’s license program.

MT wants you to download an image of your driver’s license to your smartphone and use that instead of a physical license. A KTVQ video revealed how the MT app uses facial recognition to verify an individual’s identity.  

Using a mobile biomteric driver’s license poses numerous privacy concerns.

MT and the DOT claim motorists can hit a button that will allow the police to only see your license information. But what if you forget to hit the button, would the police officer have access to all your personal information?

The reasons to never use MDL’s are too numerous to mention here, but an article in USA Today does a good job of addressing some of the privacy concerns.

“What if drivers wish to use the phone to record their interactions with the police officer? What if they want to make a call or send a text during the traffic stop — perhaps to a lawyer? What if the phone has a lock mechanism that would lock officers out before they are able to scan the license bar code?”

“And what of the pitfalls inherent in storing critical data on an electronic device? What if the phone’s battery is dead — or dies in the midst of the traffic stop? What if the screen is cracked in a way that makes the bar code unreadable?”

MorphoTrust uses gov’t employees to convince public to switch to MDL’s

It appears the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an organization with closely affiliated with DHS, will stop at nothing to convince the public to switch to MDL’s.  (Click here to read more.)

In Iowa, MT and DHS have been using one hundred DOT employees to convince the public to accept MDL’s.

Two days ago MorphoTrust claimed a new study, which they conducted, shows a majority of Americans want MDL’s.

“The survey polled nearly 4,000 consumers ranging in age, gender, region and income across the U.S. To qualify for the study, participants needed to own a smartphone and have a valid driver’s license or state identification card.”

Interestingly, the study is not available to the public.

Below is a list of the only findings MorphoTrust published:

When a poll asks people if they would be interested in a driver’s license app. of course the majority of people will say yes.

But try rephrasing the question by asking if they would be ok with giving a police officer their phones and I’ll bet the majority of people would say no.  Would you hand over your phone unlocked to a stranger and have them get in their car while you wait for them to give you the phone back?  Can you be sure they will only make a phone call and not scroll through your personal information?

When a company that manufactures 80% of the country’s driver’s licenses and ID’s publishes a study promoting MDL’s we should all be concerned.

I sent MT an email requesting a full copy of their study and will update my story if I receive it.

It appears that the Feds will go to great lengths to force MDL’s on the public.

MorpoTrust’s plan to fingerprint and facially recognize everyone

A 2015 article in the State Scoop shows how MT received $1.47 million from DHS, I mean the NIST, to implement electronic ID’s in North Carolina and Georgia. Also in 2015, Senator Jeff Dial authored a bill that would require the Arizona Department of Transportation to create electronic driver’s licenses.

Seven more states, AlabamaKentuckyMontanaNebraskaOklahomaRhode Island and Utah have begun using MT’s ID’s and driver’s licenses.

It appears that DHS is working with MT to fingerprint and facially recognize everyone in the U.S. (For more information about MT’s long term goals click here & here.)

“We believe motor vehicle [departments] in the United States do the best job at vetting the largest population of Americans because that’s their standard process for issuing driver’s licenses and state IDs,” Mark DiFraia, the senior director of solutions strategy at MorphoTrust said. 

Of course MT wants every state to switch to MDL’s, they will make a fortune.

MorphoTrust has close ties to DHS/TSA

MT is also profiting from TSA’s PreCheck as MT claims more than two million American’s have signed up to use their program.

“MorphoTrust is a natural fit to develop MDL’s, given the company’s history in government biometrics and particularly with its efforts in the TSA’s PreCheck program.”

MT also offers transportation worker ‘threat assessments’.

As I mentioned in Tuesday’s story, DHS and the TSA want to install facial biometric body scanners in commuter train stations across the country.

Getting the public to accept facial recognition body scanners at airports and Disney World is only part of a much greater privacy nightmare.

Evolv’s facial recognition body scanners are being used at public area screenings, sporting events, and employee screenings.

The time to fight for our privacy is now; if we wait any longer it will be too late.

6 thoughts on “Mobile biometric driver’s licenses coming to a state near you

  1. NY’s Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition Technology Program helped lead to more than 4,000 arrests since 2010:

    Special facial recognition technology used by the state has helped lead to the arrest of more than 4,000 people involved in identity theft or fraud since 2010, the Cuomo administration announced Monday.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition Technology Program identified more than 21,000 possible cases since its launch in 2010, with more than 7,000 coming over the last 18 months.

    Since January 2016, when the technology designed to identify people with more than one identity by matching a driver’s license picture to one that already exists in the motor vehicles database was upgraded, there have been 322 arrests, including 122 in New York City, the state says.

    “The use of this facial recognition technology has allowed law enforcement to crack down on fraud, identity theft, and other offenses — taking criminals and dangerous drivers off our streets and increasing the safety of New York’s roadways,” Cuomo said.

  2. The New Iphone 8 Will Have Facial Recognition:

    “Apple may unveil its iPhone 8 in September, but it is predicted to go on sale in October or November,” said Taipei-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who is famous for his iPhone-related predictions.

    Kuo said only about 2 million to 4 million units of iPhones will be available in the third quarter of this year due to the shortage issue.

    Apart from OLED panels, iPhone 8 is also predicted to sport several new features such as advanced facial recognition scanner and 3-D sensors supporting augmented reality applications.

    The new facial recognition scanner with 3-D sensors can deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second. Also, 3-D sensors are said to be adopted for the front and rear of the device to realize AR applications, which integrate 3-D virtual images with user’s environment in real time.

    Apple and Samsung tried to have an in-display fingerprint reader for their new phones, iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8, respectively but both of them appear to have failed to put the scanner under the display screen due to technical difficulties.

  3. ‘Zoom’ Facial Recognition Login for 5 Billion Smartphones:

    ZoOm® replaces passwords with ultra-secure face authentication by matching the user via recognition algorithms and verifying 3D liveness via AI.

    ZoOm proves a 3D human face is present, and prevents 2D photo or video spoofing.

  4. What if you don’t have a mobile phone? Are you not able to get a license and are considered a terrorist/criminal then?

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