Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bogus Drivers Licenses, Fake Passports

The State of Minnesota is running a facial recognition algorithm on Minnesota drivers licenses and state ID’s.

Partial results:

  • Ran the algorithm on 11 million license photos
  • Flagged 1 million for manual review
  • Of the 100,000 reviewed so far, 1200 licenses were cancelled

By simple extrapolation of the numbers, there could be as many as 10,000 bogus state issued ID’s or licenses out of the pool of 11 million. There isn’t enough data in the media to know if a simple extrapolation is valid, so the number could be less.

Meanwhile, Government Accounting Office investigators were able to obtain US passports with fake identification in three out of seven attempts.

I think there is a house of cards here somewhere.

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