FROM Carl Szabo
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.
Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data Edward Snowden's revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what's called "meta data" from America's millions of Internet users. It's focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a "digital persona" you don't even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It's also used to predict whether you're a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley's saying, "Not so fast." We hear from both sides.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.