[TheIntercept_] Interpol Rolls Out International Voice Identification Database Using Samples From 192 Law Enforcement Agencies

[TheIntercept_] Interpol Rolls Out International Voice Identification Database Using Samples From 192 Law Enforcement Agencies

Last week, Interpol held a final project review of its speaker identification system, a four-year, 10 million euro project that has recently come to completion. The Speaker Identification Integrated Project, what they call SiiP, marks a major development in the international expansion of voice biometrics for law enforcement uses — and raises red flags when it comes to privacy. [...]

Cynthia Wong, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, warned that a broad mandate could lead to an ever-expanding collection. “There are many instances where we might consent to our voice being recorded for one purpose, but would object to using it for others, including using our voice to build and train a massive voice biometric database and recognition system,” she said. “Or perhaps we didn’t consent to our voice being recorded at all — perhaps our voice was secretly recorded or inadvertently caught in the background of a recording, but has now been placed in Interpol’s database.” [...]

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/25/interpol-voice-identification-database/