“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
Do you have a right to the image on your driver’s license or does the presence of that picture in a state database make it fair game for use and review by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?
The Department of Homeland Security is developing the Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS) as part of its Standoff Technology Integration and Demonstration Program. As described by Homeland Security, BOSS uses two cameras that take stereoscopic images sent by fiberoptic or wireless transmission. Purported to have the ability to obtain images at 50 to 100 meters, the system can be set to photograph people moving at a distance, or those walking passively in front of a camera.
Concurrently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has developed the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a program aimed at collecting multimodal biometric information including the following:
While the use of technology to aid and assist in legal crime fighting is a boon to society, it is easy to imagine — and to see — the related invasion of privacy of innocent citizens and the violation of the rights of those accused of crimes.
Civil protections from these surveillance systems seem frighteningly antiquated, and yet governmental funding for the development and deployment of these programs shows no sign of abatement.
Someday, your face may be scanned in a crowd and identified, and your criminal history quickly evaluated. According to experts, “someday” is little more than about five years away.
If you are arrested or suspected of any kind of criminal activity in Ohio, speak with our skilled legal counsel at the Law Office of Gregory S. Robey.