According to a new report from The Intercept, databases of biometrics on inmates are being created by hundreds of prisons across the United States.
These databases include voice recordings of inmates, which can then be recognized in phone calls in the future, even after the inmate has been released from prison. In many cases these recordings are being forced on inmates, with threats to cut off their phone access if they do not abide and allow for the voice recordings.
“Voice prints” are being used in prisons to improve security, according to facilities, and were originally funded by the Department of Defense to identify terrorists. Now, however, these databases are being compiled with voice prints of inmates who did not give their consent and with voice prints of people with whom they have interacted with on the phone, outside of prison.
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