FROM Alvaro Bedoya
Police facial recognition databases may include you When police need participants in lineups to help victims of crime identify suspects, they have to ask permission. Not anymore. This fall, the Georgetown Law School's Center on Privacy and Technology published findings that half of all American adults are in police facial recognition networks. We spoke with the Center's executive director Alvaro Bedoya. Photo courtesy of Gene Hunt
Police facial recognition databases may include you When police need participants in lineups to help victims of crime identify suspects, they have to ask permission. Not any more. Now, with facial recognition technology, they don’t have to ask. Pictures of almost half of all American adults are now in their files. That could mean you. Photo courtesy of Gene Hunt.
Facial Recognition and Loss of Anonymity The features that make up your face are unique to you, just like your fingerprints. Think of it as your "faceprint." Facial recognition technology reads photos or videos to identify you — by name, location and any other personal information that turns up in a database. That has real value for a range of commercial uses — not to mention law enforcement. But the lack of ground rules is raising concerns about privacy and the right to control your personal data. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we look at facial recognition and the loss of privacy.
Facial Recognition and Loss of Anonymity Facebook and Google aren’t the only companies using Face Recognition technology. It’s a tool of law enforcement, commercial enterprises—and even churches. The lack of ground rules is raising concerns about privacy… and the right to control your personal data.
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