A story in the NYT, here, about research published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggesting that fake fingerprints prints that include common features. The researchers did not use a phone maker’s software, though, and apparently companies are investigating anti-spoofing protections. Chris Boehnen, of the federal government’s Odin program, said: “What’s concerning here… Read More Fooling Smartphone Fingerprint Readers?
A story here by Spencer Hsu on the decision by the Attorney General to end the National Commission on Forensic Science – and suspend a review of forensic science methods. The Post also made available an advance copy of the announcement of this decision.
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The House Judiciary Committee held hearings to examine the state of forensic science in the United States. The transcript is here. Written testimony was submitted as well, from Dr. Victor Weedn, G.W. University, Mr. Matthew Gamette, Lab System Director, Idaho State Police Forensic Science, Dr. David Baldwin, National Security Technologies, LLC, and Prof. Sandra Guerra… Read More House Judiciary on Forensics
A comment on a proposal being considered by the CFSO – draft legislation that would create an Office of Forensic Science within the Department of Justice (here is a link to the draft as of Feb. 14, 2017): Putting an office of forensic science under a law enforcement agency if a fundamentally bad idea. This… Read More Rudin on an “Office of Forensic Science”
The Austin American Statesmen describes how “Despite their high-stakes work for the criminal justice system — from convicting the guilty to exonerating the innocent — forensic labs are surprisingly underregulated.” They note that a 2013 survey of Texas public labs found that “13 percent had obtained certification. For DNA examiners, it was only 5 percent. (Texas… Read More Regulation (or lack thereof) of Crime Labs
Today, Jan. 9 and tomorrow, the National Commission on Forensic Science is meeting. The agenda is here. The agenda includes reports on accreditation and proficiency testing, human factors, reporting and testimony, and federal research initiatives. A live webcast is available here.