MorphoTrust general counsel discusses legal implications of facial recognition technologies

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

LAS VEGAS—Facial recognition technology is a powerful tool, but there are concerns the technology could be misused, according to Scott Boylan, general counsel of MorphoTrust USA, a biometrics provider based in Billerica, Mass.

“While MorphoTrust’s place is not in those policy debates, we can help inform the conversation,” Boylan said. “Whatever the opinions are, they should be decided with facts, not rumor or emotion.”

Boylan discussed the legal, commercial and societal implications of facial recognition technologies at the International Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, according to a company statement.

MorphoTrust, previously L-1 Identity Solutions, but rechristened after it was acquired by Safran in April, develops biometric technology that is used the U.S. Department of Defense, the FBI, and several TSA programs. The company also provides the biometric technology for the Unique Identification Authority of India.