Engadget informs us of a that makes it easier for law enforcement to book people roadside for the ostensible reason of committing a crime (like having a tail-light out):
Committing crimes isn’t really our thing, but we appreciate the fact that some people have chosen a felony-filled lifestyle, and understand that the whole booking process can be quite lengthy upon arrest. Well the MTV-generation criminal doesn’t have the time nor the attention span to sit around getting fingerprinted, photographed, and cavity-searched (it’s basic economics: the more “leisure” time you spend in lock-up, the less available “working” time you have to spend in the underground economy), so Smiths Heimann Biometrics is helping bring the police station to you.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to understand the complete implications of another system that makes it one step easier for the techno-police to create national database profiles on average Americans. I posited the following in the comments there:
How long until my fingers are getting live-scanned at a routine traffic stop or DUI roadblock? :(
I’m holding out for the DNA scanners (cotton swab in the mouth) that instantly pops up your identity before people really start freaking.
For those not in the know, Gattaca is a futuristic sci-fi movie where a person’s entire existence is ruled by the purity and viability of their DNA.