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Michigan State Police says it has the best biometrics tech in nation, apart from FBI

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According to the Michigan State Police, the agency possesses the most advanced biometrics technology in the nation, apart from the FBI.

In the video above, a state trooper plays through a mock traffic stop with a reporter in order to demonstrate how the biometrics program works. In the scenario the person stopped doesn't have a photo ID, so the state trooper uses a mobile biometrics device to capture his fingerprints to run against a database for postive identification. The police don't mention whether or not the fingerprint submission is optional, or discuss their legal justification for the invasive identity check. Nor do they say whether or not they will retain the fingerprints of people who are not already in the system.

In the video below, MSP officers gloat to the media that theirs is the only police agency in the nation that has the technical capacity to interface with the FBI's face recognition identification system. 

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Last year a scandal erupted when people accused state troopers of using advanced extraction devices to copy the contents of people's cell phones at routine traffic stops, using a tool called Cellibrite.

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