The US military and Disney are working together to develop facial recognition technology. Seriously. It's the latest development in the surveillance crossroads between private advertisement firms and government agencies. And it's going to get worse.
Facial recognition technology, pioneered by Facebook, may enable police to track individuals in realtime - regardless of whether they're in a crowd or not. This, Naomi Wolf of the Guardian suggets, could have a chilling effect on speech by compelling people to not gather in protest "simply by the risk of being identified."
Whether that's true or not remains to be seen. But it does highlight the concerns of a booming industry, which caters to 24-hour, real-time identification, surveillance.
For example, a program called TrapWire has been pitched by activists as the latest encroachment of privacy. That may not be the case, but as Wiredpoints out, it does highlight how far local governments and private companies will go to nurture a booming industry.
Facebook is testing camera in Texas currently. Camera will be sold to stores, along with data content and pictures. In the future, these cameras will used within special marketing zones, Privacy will be effected. Just so many ways to number.
@Wilberhum No I'm not paranoid, and for most of us Big Brother, via government or business is not a big issue. If you are perceived to be a threat it becomes one. --- Business is not bound by the constitution, and most of its activities is targeted statistically to either give people the products they want or to create the demand for a product. No, I'm not paranoid, I've been in positions where I was the watcher and analyst, it does happen.
Your person is not your identity in politics or the economy. You are an index number, a primary key in the great database. You are a credit score, a social security number ... Your value is the worth of your labor, the amount you consume and the ease/expense of securing your vote. No other person can steal your person, but your place in society can be used ... welcome to the 21st century.
It will create a fashion revolution with glasses, face paint, and putty to change appearances. Put a few diagonal streaks on your face, slip on the dark glasses, plunk the wide brimmed hat on and off you go.
I want weed legalized (on a federal level) before they start tracking me anywhere. Sometimes, an honest weeks work doesn't make the payments and people HAVE TO resort to other options- legal or not. First food then moral.
@Wilberhum Not exactly...In truth, it is never in your interest to speak to law enforcement, regardless of whether you're the victim or perpetrator. Even if you're completely innocent, that still becomes part of record. That record could, if you do end up committing a crime, result in less 'understanding'(and I use that word extremely lightly) when dealing with law enforcement in the future. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who's been pulled over more than once. First time, the officer could let you go with a warning. But when they see that you've been pulled before, warning or not, criminal act or not, you get lambasted. Same goes for people with priors. Regardless of whether or not you're trying to turn your life around, if you're knicked for anything so much as a car accident, their view of you will be biased.
So no, I have no wish for law enforcement, or anyone for that matter, to have access to or the ability to monitor my every move. This is literally '1984'. Literally.'Brought in to keep people safe. No need to worry if you're a criminal. But we're still watching.'
Now, if these cameras were /only/ used /after/ a crime has been committed, such as traffic cameras,(not that this ever will be the case. After all, if you had such power, you'd never give it up, no?), then I'd be OK with it. But watching 24/7? No. I'd destroy every single one I found and I'd hope many others would too. Be like the French when Paris tried to start using wheel locks on illegally parked cars. Every single French person who walked by one would superglue the locks. Ended within weeks.
Absolutely privacy will be affected ...no store should use facial recognition technology. Security cameras are a good thing, but facial recognition is taking it to a new level. It is nobody's business what brand of toilet paper I purchase...or how many times I shop at one store as opposed to another.
If you think anyone is interested what brand of toilet paper you purchase, your really paranoid. And if you think all the stores are going to get together to analyze customers, you need professional help.
@Wilberhum What is with you? You use negative words like "stupid" and "paranoid." Can't you respect other people's opinions without trying to downgrade them? If adult conversation is beyond you then I don't care to continue.
'1984' anyone?'For the good of the people, the safety of the people, we will be installing these on every corner. There is no need to live in fear, but Big Brother will always be watching and always know where you are.'
Watch citizens destroy these on sight. Much like the French with wheel locks and the Dutch with speed cameras.
I don't think beards, mustaches, sunglasses will necessarily usurp this technology. It works with many facial identifying features. Also alarming is that it might mis-identify you, confuse you with a look alike. For example identical twins. Something else alarming are the built in cameras in the newest TV/computer monitors. Xfinity brags that you can "monitorp your home when you're away." Guess what? They can monitor YOU when you are at home! Think about some sleeze being able to look in on your bedroom whenever he wants! YIKES!
I'm just going to quote Ben Franklin ”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” I hope you feel safer fascists. The writing is on the wall but I guess it's hard to see when you got your blinders on. The real threat to the Constitution is not foreign powers or terrorist it's your nosy neighbor who's scared to death your doing something that's not kosher in the eyes. They've done more to bring down this country than any outside threat.