Conflicting Stories about Biometrics Contract

According to a new report from the Associated Press, a contract for facial-recognition technology may be on the chopping block. An email sent from the Missouri Driver’s License Bureau to MorphoTrust, the vendor providing the technology, asks to cancel the project.

However, Governor Nixon’s administration appears confused about what exactly is happening. The state driver’s license bureau manager wrote to MorphoTrust, “Effective immediately, we have been instructed to stop working on our Photo Validation project.” Yet members of Nixon’s administration brush this off, saying that “a contract has not been canceled” and “nothing was put on hold.”

The administration claims that the license bureau manager misspoke – yet another conflicting story in this still-unfolding scandal.