Morning Security Brief: Smartphones for Facial Scans and Tracking Discussed; A Look at When Gun Permit Requests Are Denied
Pentagon looks at using smartphones to scan faces; EPIC pursues its case against FBI using cellphones for tracking; statistics on gun permit and transfer denials show history since Brady law.
► The Danger Room reports that the Pentagon is exploring smartphone that can scan face . "The Defense Department has awarded a $3 million research contract to California-based AOptix to examine its “Smart Mobile Identity” biometrics identification package, Danger Room has learned," writes the Danger Room.
► The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained new documents in its case against FBI tracking using cellphone technology. For more on the case, see EPIC v. FBI backgrounder at the EPIC Web site.
► The Crime Report states that "Some 2.1 million applications for firearms transfers or permits under the federal Brady law that went into effect in 1994 have been denied, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported." A felony conviction or indictment was the most common reason cited in federal searches and in searches by 23 states.