Barry Goldwater said, “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” They won’t have as much trouble finding you when they get ready to take it with Face Recognition Technology in use.
While I realize we have very little privacy left anyway, this new technology is just what critics said earlier, ‘CREEPY’:
The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov…Often law enforcement authorities will “have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don’t know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case,” said Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI’s criminal justice information services division. The new facial recognition service can help provide that missing link by retrieving a list of mug shots ranked in order of similarity to the features of the subject in the photo.
Earlier this year Facebook began using the technology:
The Internet was in an uproar earlier this year following Facebook’s launch of facial recognition software for its photo services, enabling users to identify their friends in photos automatically–and without their permission. Though critics described that move as creepy, the controversial technology may now be on the verge of widespread use.
For a long time we have said, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” Not much use running, is there?
- As Facial Recognition Improves, New Privacy Controversies Await (readwriteweb.com)
- Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy: Redux (pcworld.com)
- Facial Recognition Technology: Facebook Photo Matching Is Just the Start (pcworld.com)
- imabonehead: How to camouflage yourself from facial recognition technology | VentureBeat (venturebeat.com)
- APNewsBreak: Facial recognition in use after riots (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Facial Recognition Mishaps (intelcloud.wordpress.com)
- Facial recognition in use after riots (physorg.com)
- Facial recognition marks the end of anonymity (fourbluehills.com)
- Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying (theatlantic.com)
- LNR-London: UK using facial recognition to hunt rioters (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Big Brother May Be Doing Much More Than Just Watching (jlue.wordpress.com)
- Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying (yro.slashdot.org)
- Computers Can See You — If You Have a Mug Shot (allthingsd.com)