Wednesday, September 19, 2012
FBI spending $1 billion on facial recognition technology
The FBI is spending a billion dollars to implement facial recognition software. This writer says "criminals are really the only ones who should fear the facial recognition program at present, because only mug shots from the national criminal FBI database are being used." That seems a bit naive, to me, considering that as soon as the Texas Legislature removed restrictions on biometric data from drivers licenses, including fingerprint data, the state uploaded the information to so-called "fusion centers" to give the feds access. See more on the new facial recognition program from New Scientist, which notes that "it is easier to match up posed images and the FBI has already partnered with issuers of state drivers' licences for photo comparison."