Brain fingerprinting
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Security Vs. Privacy

A still photo taken from a video shows Dr. Lawrence Farwell’s brain fingerprinting test on Terry Harrington, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence in Iowa. The test indicated that the record of the night of the crime stored in Harrington’s brain may not match the crime scene, and does match his alibi. Harrington is hoping for a new trial or a pardon from the governor. (Brain Wave Science)
Vistors entering the lobby at 437 Madison Avenue in New York City must state their names while being photographed. This policy began after Sept. 11 because the tenants wanted more security. (GARY FRIEDMAN / Los Angeles Times)
Ron Cadie, vice president at PelcoMatch, demonstrates the effectiveness of the company’s facial recognition system, which can store a database of the facial features of known criminals or terrorists. Cadie set off the alarm by passing a photo of Osama bin Laden through a test detector at Fresno Yosemite airport. (AL SEIB / Los Angeles Times)
Manuel Gonzalez of PelcoMatch watches computer images of airline passengers as they proceed past a face recognition camera at the Fresno airport. The camera shoots a digital image as airline passengers walk through metal detectors, sending the image to computers which scans the face with known criminals for a possible match. (GARY KAZANJIAN / For The Times)
John Davenport stands next to the electrical grids in the operational control center at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) offices in Oakland. Davenport runs a video surveillance unit in the regional mass transit system. (RANDI LYNN BEACH)