FC: Will the state of Georgia fingerprint all drivers?

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 08:52:37 PST

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    From: "Richard M. Smith" <rmsat_private>
    To: "'Declan McCullagh'" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Is the State of Georgia going to fingerprint all drivers?
    Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 17:07:12 -0500
    Hi Declan,
    If I am reading today's press release from Viisage correctly, the State
    or Georgia plans to fingerprint everyone in the state who applies for a
    drivers licenses.  I thought that only criminals and people who work in
    high security jobs got fingerprinted.  Is Georgia the first state to do
    this kind of thing?
    Viisage Awarded Digital Driver's License Contract by State of Georgia
    LITTLETON, Mass., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Viisage Technology,
    Inc. (Nasdaq: VISG - News), the leader in facial recognition biometrics
    and secure identification systems, announced today that the company has
    been awarded a contract from the state of Georgia to design, develop and
    implement a new digital driver's license program. The value of the total
    six- year contract is approximately $20 million.
    Viisage will implement an in-state, central card production solution
    that will cost effectively allow tight management of the production and
    issuance of highly secure drivers' credentials using 3M's Confirm(TM)
    security overlay. Central production will also afford the DMVS tighter
    control of the storing, analysis and retrieval of information including
    scanned application forms, portrait images, signature images,
    fingerprints and data associated with each driver's record.
    Viisage has partnered with SAGEM Morpho to create the new fingerprint
    biometric solution, which will allow the rapid searching of any
    fingerprint against the DMVS fingerprint database. 
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