Remember those nifty electronic fingerprinting machines that the NYPD debuted in September to fingerprint people on the scene of a crime? Probably not, because the cops usually flash that Men In Black thingy in your face afterwards. But the concern at the time was: what happens to the fingerprints after they're gathered if you're not charged with a crime?

The Daily News reports that the New York Civil Liberties Union's investigation of the use of the machines found that out of 1,612 sets of fingerprints taken at the scene, only 796, or 49.4% of them were matched to the criminal database. "We are concerned about fingerprints being taken from people caught in coercive stop and frisks," said the NYCLU's associate legal director, Christopher Dunn. "Using these machines as a backdoor way to build a print database of innocent people…is wrong and illegal." Sounds like someone's been hanging out with Chris Simms. Next thing you know, our cellphones will be secretly recording our every movement and beaming it into space.

The NYPD has claimed that the devices (which bear the cuddly name of MorphoTrak) are used as a valuable time-saving device, and are part of Commissioner Kelly's modernization of the force. Though the fingerprints that don't produce a match are supposed to be destroyed, the machines don't "explicitly direct officers to discard the prints of innocent people." Relax, they're probably resting on the tail of a turkey.