Mobile biometric driver’s licenses coming to a state near you


Source:  Mass Private I/

MorphoTrust (MT) is trying to convince motorists that mobile biometric driver’s licenses (MDL) are a good thing. Two years ago MT convinced the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to pilot their mobile driver’s license program.

MT wants you to download an image of your driver’s license to your smartphone and use that instead of a physical license. A KTVQ video revealed how the MT app uses facial recognition to verify an individual’s identity.

Using a mobile biomteric driver’s license poses numerous privacy concerns.

MT and the DOT claim motorists can hit a button that will allow the police to only see your license information. But what if you forget to hit the button, would the police officer have access to all your personal information?

The reasons to never use MDL’s are too numerous to mention here, but an article in USA Today does a good job of addressing some of my privacy concerns.
“What if drivers wish to use the phone to record their interactions with the police officer? What if they want to make a call or send a text during the traffic stop — perhaps to a lawyer? What if the phone has a lock mechanism that would lock officers out before they are able to scan the license bar code?”

“And what of the pitfalls inherent in storing critical data on an electronic device? What if the phone’s battery is dead — or dies in the midst of the traffic stop? What if the screen is cracked in a way that makes the bar code unreadable?”


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