Law enforcement accesses increasingly massive facial recognition databases with few legal standards
Monday, June 17, 2013
According to a new report, the National Security Agencyâ€™s massive surveillance program isnâ€™t all Americans have to be concerned about. Searchable facial recognition databases are growing increasingly massive and few legal safeguards are in place.
Facial recognition systems in the United States are on the rise thanks to a wide variety of initiatives including the FBI directly sharing facial recognition software with police departments while also deploying a $1 billion facial recognition system around the country.
Since facial recognition systems are now capable of scanning 36 million faces per second and can be deployed on platforms ranging from drones to mannequins to border crossings and more, some have developed anti-facial recognition measures.
Over 120 million people have already been placed in these photo databases which are used by law enforcement to identify suspects, accomplices and innocent bystanders despite the fact that they were originally billed as an attempt to prevent driverâ€™s license fraud, according to the Washington Post.
While most probably would not object to facial recognition technology helping police find murderers, bank robbers and other criminals, the use extends far beyond that.