Surveillance Posts

Is Biometric Surveillance Constitutional?

Can the Fourth Amendment Save Us from the Coming Era of Pervasive Biometric Surveillance? (“More and more, police have been using ‘biometric’ technologies—facial recognition, DNA matching, forensic genetic genealogy, and other techniques that are supposed to discern and verify people’s personal identities. As civil libertarians worry about such identification techniques’ effects on our constitutional rights, the techniques themselves are improving, the databases are getting larger, and the technologies are starting to converge. (It will soon be possible to match faces to DNA found at crime scenes.) What limits do we need to put on how the police use these new powers?”)