Biometric Data Collection: The Patriot Act, 18 Years Later (9/11/01 - 9/11/19)

Biometric Data Collection: The Patriot Act, 18 Years Later (9/11/01 – 9/11/19)

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Biometric information is perhaps the most coveted commodity in modern society.  Biometrics are “currency”, just like gold, silver and oil. Biometric information is unique to each individual.  This information includes specific measurements between two or more points on the body or face, as well as, the size of a heart, lung, or any other organ.  Biometrics also include involuntary bodily movements like respiration and a heart beat; measurable chemical composition within the bloodstream and exhaled gasses, and electrical information generated within the brain and body.  Movement and chemical diagnostics consist of specific information measured from the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.  Electrical information can be collected from the skin, or remotely via electromagnetic waves.

Biometric collection occurs through the devices we all use and rely upon.  The modern conveniences we enjoy provide the sensors needed to actively track, catalogue, and assess each and every citizen within society.  Televisions, mobile phones, laptops, smart watches, sports headphones, home assistants and even lighting contain electronic components that are capable of “sensing” biological information in addition to the conveniences they provide.  Light, radar, sound, as well as electric, magnetic, capacitive, and inductive fields are all used for sensing and collecting information.  This enables “real-time” monitoring of the environment surrounding a “smart” device… including YOU!

Biometric information is collected, stored and packaged for a variety of reasons.  Money, control, and predictive capabilities are just a few of the available levers of power when given access to an individual’s, up to an entire societal, digital dossier.  This can manifest through expanded analysis of specific family interactions between spouses, partners, children, or siblings, to things such as online social networks, community interactions , co-worker interactions, school behavior, etc.  Profiles and dossiers are created and added to from infancy to death in today’s interconnected world.

Physical profiles include changes in breathing, heart rate, and emotional state. These unique profiles are collected, catalogued, and analysed.  “Smart technology” provides Big Tech the ability to collect this information with ease in modern society.  This information is used to establish things like targeted advertising, demographic analysis, as well as assessing the “risk” an individual poses to their family, place of employment, community, and their Government.

How will this invasive data collection steer and engineer society?  Will our freedom be simply an illusion?  Are “Pre-Crime”, “Thought Police”, and “Social Credit Score” terms We, The People, wish to embrace?   Is privacy worth sacrificing for a safer society.   “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”― Benjamin Franklin

Biometric Information is “Sensitive Personal Information” that is currently being collected with, and without, consent.  Furthermore, this information is being considered for enforcing things like gun ownership.  This technology is not exclusive to one company. This information is collected, stored and shared in the “Cloud”.  There is an entire economy constructed which traffics YOUR BIOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, AND EMOTIONAL INFORMATION.

Patents: Biometric Monitoring & Collection

Marketing & Research – Nielsen & Affectiva

System and method for gathering and analyzing biometric user feedback for use in social media and advertising applications

Mental state analysis using heart rate collection based on video imagery

Personal emotional profile generation

Method and system for measuring and ranking a positive or negative response to audiovisual or interactive media, products or activities using physiological signals

…“Sensors could be one or more of an accelerometer, a blood oxygen sensor, a galvanometer, an electroencephalogram, an electromyograph, and any other physiological sensor.”

In Home Assistants / Automatic Device Connectivity

Monitoring device having 360 degree sensing capabilities

Methods and systems for automatic configuration of peripherals

Room monitoring device

Systems, Methods, and Devices for Utilizing Radar with Smart Devices

Radar / Wireless Communication Antennas

Progressive radar assisted facial recognition

Device and method for biometric user identification with rf (radio frequency) radar

Radar-Based Biometric Recognition

Non-contact vital signs monitor

Biometric radar system and method for identifying persons and positional states of persons

Mm-wave radar vital signs detection apparatus and method of operation

Non-Line-of-Sight Radar-Based Gesture Recognition

RF-based micro-motion tracking for gesture tracking and recognition

Tracking identities of persons using micro-impulse radar

Surveillance of stress conditions of persons using micro-impulse radar

Personal electronic device with a micro-impulse radar

Lights / Camera

Remote monitoring of vital signs

System and method for determining vital sign information

Optical central venous pressure measurement

Assessing cardiovascular function using an optical sensor

LED light communication system

Visible light communication method and apparatus

Methods and apparatus to determine a position using light sources

Positioning system based on visible light communications

Simulating an infrared emitter array in a video monitoring camera to construct a lookup table for depth determination

Smart Watch

Wearable heart rate monitor

Biometric monitoring device with heart rate measurement activated by a single user-gesture

Wearable Electronic Device with Electrodes for Sensing Biological Parameters

Wearable Electronic Device Having a Light Field Camera Usable to Perform Bioauthentication from a Dorsal Side of a Forearm Near a Wrist

Dual eeg non-contact monitor with personal eeg monitor for concurrent brain monitoring and communication

Earbuds / Headphones / Headsets

In-ear health monitoring

…”Mobile computing device may also include or have access to passive sensors to determine if a situation is occurring, such as person lying down to sleep, for example. Passive sensors can include an accelerometer that measures movement of mobile computing device and thus indirectly movement of person, a touch sensor of a display screen capable of measuring person’s skin temperature, capacitance, and/or conductivity, barometric sensors, light sensors, microphones, and radar sensors capable of passively sensing person’s skin temperature, skeletal movement, and heart rate, to name but a few. While these measurements may not be sufficiently accurate or precise (e.g., repeatable) to measure small temperature differentials, they can be used to determine situations during which testing with in-ear device is desired.”

Sports Monitoring System for Headphones, Earbuds and/or Headsets

Detection of physiological data using radar/lidar of wireless earpieces

Earbuds with biometric sensing

Eeg monitor with capacitive electrodes and method of monitoring brain waves

Phone / Tablet / Laptop

Method and an associated apparatus for remotely determining information as to person’s emotional state

Proximity detector in handheld device

Detection of an object’s varying features with a non-stationary device

Proximity sensors with optical and electrical sensing capabilities

Method and apparatus for remotely detecting presence

Audio based motion detection in shared spaces using statistical prediction

Touchless sensing and gesture recognition using continuous wave ultrasound signals

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BK Masterson
9 months ago

An amazing array of information!!! Thanks so much, TMC and for publishing this timely rundown on the subject.