The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations (via Techdirt)

Another FOIA lawsuit brought against the government by the EFF has resulted in the release of previously withheld documents. The papers cut loose this time detail the FBI’s facial recognition database and other parts of its “Next Generation Identification…


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  1. Oh well, at least Facebook tell us how far they have got with Deep Face.

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    “What it chooses to do with that software, of course, remains a mystery. It will obviously eventually be used to shore up the existing facial recognition solution on, ensuring that every photo of you on the social network is connected to your account (even if they don’t show a visible tag). From there, it’s hard to imagine that Zuckerberg and co will keep DeepFace purely confined to — there’s too much money to be earnt by scanning the rest of the public web for matches. Another possibility would be branching out into real-world face tracking — there are obvious applications in security and CCTV, but also in commercial settings, where tracking someone’s real-world shopping habits could be very lucrative. As we’ve discussed before, Facebook (like Google) becomes exponentially more powerful and valuable (both to you and its share holders) the more it knows about you.”

    Just imagine a global database of people’s faces. What can the Department of Homeland Security do with that?

  2. The behavior of these people takes the sting out of any definition of cynicism. Another perhaps more likely (e.g., demonstrated) response from their demonstrated menu would’ve been to make this matter Top Secret retroactively.

  3. is there some kind of opportunity here for a budding entrepreneur ?
    Maybe an appliance / mask that can be donned while on the subway that alters the measurements enough to conceal one’s movements ?

    • And that would be painting a big red flag on yourself. Not a good idea if you need to use the airlines or otherwise be unencumbered by existence at the top of a potential terrorist watch-list. (Since your status would not be used for prosecutorial purposes, only investigative leads, it would be OK, along the lines rationalized in the article).

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