As biometric identification technology companies strive to make their products more accurate, faster, and more affordable for the mass market, the public is likely to see an increase in the use of biometrics in the future. While emerging biometric identification technology such as iris scanning and face recognition technology may be a fast, cutting-edge way for law enforcement to keep track of convicted felons and suspected terrorists, the government should not be allowed to unreasonably intrude on individual privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment. Ultimately, the legislature and the courts will need to weigh society's need to feel secure against their desire to protect individual privacy and reach a reasonable compromise.
Catching up to Our Biometric Future: Fourth Amendment Privacy Rights and Biometric Identification Technology,
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