Is YOUR drivers license photo in the biometric facial recognition database?

In Arizona, former Gov. Janet Napolitano,  defended facial recognition in late 2006 when it was linked with a photo database and software at the nation’s first homeland-defense hub based in Phoenix.  The hub combines federal, state and municipal intelligence officers. More than 8 million photographs in a database of mug shots, drivers’ license photos and state identification cards is compiled and linked to special software.  Surveillance camera images can be used against the database to isolate any persons of interest.

The Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles is the most recent state to implement facial recognition for drivers’ licenses and identification cards.


Facial recognition biometrics is used within a database of pictures to help stop driver’s license fraud. It helps prevent identity theft and duplicate identifications in other names. If you recall, British immigration who use the latest in prints and biometrics denied President Obama’s brother Samson a visa when it was discovered he was using falsified documents to enter their country earlier this year.

Special features are added to prevent counterfeiting. When applying for a new license, the recipient will have a Department of Motor Vehicle employee with him through the entire process to comply with federal requirements.

Boarding an airplane or entering a federal building will not be possible with the old style license or ID card should Delaware residents opt to not update their credentials.

Drivers’ licenses could begin being issued using the new process by November 1, 2009

The recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides $10.4 billion to the National Institute of Health (NIH) to accelerate the pace of biomedical research. See how much funding your state has received in 2008 here.

The NIH website states: “The NIH it tracks its funding of critical medical research and other support at universities, hospitals, small businesses and other organizations, and annually compiles this information and makes it available to the public. Up to now, this funding information was available in the form of tables that showed comparative rankings in terms of dollars received.

The NIH no longer will provide these comparative ranking tables on its medical research funding. Instead, NIH has developed a Web-based tool that allows you to determine the dollars awarded to any one organization or department. The tool will also allow you to download aggregate data, on a per fiscal year basis, so that you can conduct your own analysis.

This change comes in part from responses received from the grantee community that suggested that the current ranking tables were not necessary.”

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