U.S. prisons amassing biometrics database of inmates’ voice prints to improve security and fight fraud, but privacy advocates expressed concern over program for lack of consent

February 6, 2019

  • Biometrics Database – Prisons across U.S. have been quietly collecting hundreds of thousands of inmates’ voice prints in massive biometrics database said to improve security and prevent fraud
  • How It Works – Prisoners asked to repeat phrases over phone in exchange for right to make phone calls, with algorithms identifying voices in calls, some including innocent outsiders who have received calls from inmates
  • Participating Prisons – Prisons in New York, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona confirmed they use voice recognition technology, while contracts obtained by media companies The Appeal and The Intercept also indicated Connecticut and Georgia purchased similar software
  • Investigator Pro – Voice recognition software developed by prison telecommunications company Securus Technologies with $50 million grant from U.S. Department of Defense
  • Privacy Concerns – Privacy advocates concerned with collection of voice prints without consent from inmates and inclusion of voice signatures of people who have not committed crimes

Image Source: Pixabay

Image Source: Pixabay

Market Disruption: Privacy and Security
Sector: Military and Security
Organization: Securus Technologies

Original Publication Date: January 31, 2019

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