Massachusetts Police to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns.

Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use…

Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company’s already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.

The so-called “biometric” technology, which seems to take a page from TV shows like “MI-5” or “CSI,” could improve speed and accuracy in some routine police work in the field. However, its use has set off alarms with some who are concerned about possible civil liberties and privacy issues.

The smartphone-based scanner, named Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS, is made by BI2 Technologies in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and can be deployed by officers out on the beat or back at the station.

Source: for Zach Howard for Reuters.

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  • General Jim M

    For those of you who have never been to Massachusetts,it is like a police state.The politicians despise gun rights for citizens but they arm the police departments with no concern for cost.I drove up to MA from TN and saw hardly any police cars through VA,WV,MD,PA,NJ,NY,CT,RI. I would have expected to see more in NJ and NY,but MA is where the police are everywhere.Boston is so bad that they had a program where they could go into a home without a warrant to check a kid’s room for drugs,guns,etc.MA politicians arm the cops to the teeth but outlaw many semiauto rifles in Boston city limits.If there will be technology tested that infringes on constitutional rights of citizens MA will be one of those anti- personal freedom states.I lived in MA for quite a few years but it has gotten much general police must remember that politicians are not their boss,the taxpaying American citizen is.