Half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases, study says

Half of all American adults are included in databases police use to identify citizens with facial recognition technology, according to new research that raises serious concerns about privacy violations and the widespread use of racially biased surveillance technology.

A report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology found that more than 117 million adults are captured in a “virtual, perpetual lineup”, which means law enforcement offices across the US can scan their photos and use unregulated software to track law-abiding citizens in government datasets.

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  • Millie_Woods

    My first take on that stat was ‘bullshit’. But now that I think about it, they’re probably mining social media for pictures and personal data. So it’s quite possible.

    • tom_billesley

      Who needs a government database when the citizens gather data for them?

      • Millie_Woods

        Crazy isn’t it?

        • Editor

          Estimates put the number of CCTV cameras in London at half a million, US cities are probably well covered as well. They have to be doing something with those terabytes of data.

          • tom_billesley

            A lot of those cameras can be used with car number plate recognition software. It’s not a big step to face recognition. There’s been some research in identifying individuals by gait (It’s a bit more subtle than John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks).

          • Editor

            The number plate recognition software can string a number of scans together and over the course of a week or a month, extrapolate the majority of your daily movements. Combine that with phone GPS info, or even Stingray type devices and your car’s event recorder info and we could be theoretically monitored from the moment we leave our front door. I’m not overly concerned at this point due to the sheer volume of data to be processed and the general incompetence/indifference of agencies tasked with this analysis.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I’m not surprised, I have a Nexus Card and had my iris scanned, they probably did the facial recognition without me knowing it.

    • terrence22

      I have a Nexus card and use it a lot – I am sure they did the facial recognition on me, too. If not when I got it, when I renew it (it saves so much time crossing into Washington (I never buy gas in the Lower Mainland of BC – it is taxed by about 50 cents a liter)

      • Maggat

        Christ, I wish we all had that ability to buy gas at a reasonable NON TAXED cost.

      • Ron MacDonald

        Same here, I live 15 minutes from the border, we do most of our grocery shopping and purchase gas there.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The police can also track social media live by location, if you plan on getting involved with a demonstration take the battery out of your phone. Watch the video and you’ll see why.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjZU8KRoezo

    • tom_billesley

      Is this why you can’t readily take the battery out of the newer slim smartphones because the phone back is fixed with adhesive? My technophobia is flaring.

  • “Person of Interest”: a cool show or precautionary tale?

    YOU decide.

  • xavier

    Yeah and if Hillary becomes president you can easily bet she’ll pass a decree giving her minions exclusive control. With that dissent will be utterly chrushed

    • Bernie

      1984 is here. Social Justice for the lite but not for the Masses. ws will be enforced on the Masses but manipulated the advantage of the Elite.

      • xavier

        1984+ Brave new world+ Farenheit 451 is whst’s coming

        • tom_billesley

          Planet of the Apes.

  • K1

    as crime increases…. so our privacy rights decrease as security of the person out weighs it
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