No citizen of this state shall have his or her privacy compromised by the state or agents of the state. The state shall within reason protect the sovereignty of the citizens the state is entrusted to protect. (Revised Statutes of Missouri 302.183.5)
House Bill 361 containing the forgoing and other specific privacy protections was passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by Governor Nixon in 2009. The bill clearly prohibited the retention of our personal data. In fact, it specifically required any biometric data that had been collected prior to its enactment be destroyed:
4. Any biometric data previously collected, obtained, or retained in connection with motor vehicle registration or operation, the issuance or renewal of driver’s licenses, or the issuance or renewal of any identification cards by any department or agency of the state charged with those activities shall be retrieved and deleted from all databases. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any data collected, obtained, or retained for a purpose other than compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. For purposes of this section, “biometric data” includes, but is not limited to:
(1) Facial feature pattern characteristics;
(2) Voice data used for comparing live speech with a previously created speech model of a person’s voice;
(3) Iris recognition data containing color or texture patterns or codes;
(4) Retinal scans, reading through the pupil to measure blood vessels lining the retina;
(5) Fingerprint, palm prints, hand geometry, measuring of any and all characteristics of biometric information, including shape and length of fingertips or recording ridge pattern or fingertip characteristics;
(6) Eye spacing;
(7) Characteristic gait or walk;
(9) Keystroke dynamics, measuring pressure applied to key pads or other digital receiving devices.
Governor Nixon’s response has been pretty consistent when he is asked about the DOR scandal involving non-compliance with the law – he hasn’t gotten into the details but he’s just sure it’s not happening! We don’t know about you, but we don’t take a lot of comfort in that response.
If the Governor were to get a little more into the details he would be as concerned as many Missouri citizens are about the issue. Some of the details the Governor would learn that DOR has admitted:
- Our personal data is being scanned into a database without our knowledge, consent or legal authorization.
- Our personal data is being sent to a contractor in Georgia
- Our personal data is supposedly being destroyed but no written record or proof from the contractor is required
- Our biometric data is being collected and will be “measured” beginning in December 2013.
Is the Governor really that out of touch on this issue or is he engaging in a cover-up? His consistent response of having “…not gotten into the details…” would indicate one or both. CLICK HERE to let Governor Nixon know that is unacceptable and he needs to stop it immediately!