Obama toasts the info gatherers (White House / Pete Souza via Flickr)
Well, we knew this was coming:
FBI begins installation of $1 Billion Face Recognition System Across America
The agency insists, “As a result of the NGI initiatives, the FBI will be able to provide services to enhance interoperability between stakeholders at all levels of government, including local, state, federal, and international partners.” In doing as such, though, the government is now going ahead with linking a database of images and personally identifiable information of anyone in their records with departments around the world thanks to technology that makes fingerprint tracking seem like kids’ stuff.
According to their 2006 report, the NGI program utilizes “specialized requirements in the Latent Services, Facial Recognition and Multi-modal Biometrics areas” that “will allow the FnewBI to establish a terrorist fingerprint identification system that is compatible with other systems; increase the accessibility and number of the IAFIS terrorist fingerprint records; and provide latent palm print search capabilities.”
Is that just all, though? During a 2010 presentation (.pdf) made by the FBI’s Biometric Center of Intelligence, the agency identified why facial recognition technology needs to be embraced. Specifically, the FBI said that the technology could be used for “Identifying subjects in public datasets,” as well as “conducting automated surveillance at lookout locations” and “tracking subject movements,” meaning NGI is more than just a database of mug shots mixed up with fingerprints — the FBI has admitted that this their intent with the technology surpasses just searching for criminals but includes spectacular surveillance capabilities. Together, it’s a system unheard of outside of science fiction.
It’s not like Cassandra hasn’t been sounding a warning, heck even I’ve blogged about it 10x already. Everyone knows the pricing on a share of Google and Facebook had factored into it the coziness their founders had with government, and the obvious ways Uncle Sam could use all the information being voluntarily uploaded. It wasn’t due to advertising, folks.
All hail the Tech Titans!
What I want to know is, who are these "stakeholders" referred to here, the ones who will eventually hold all this info in their surely never to be hacked (or bribed) security vaults?
Sara | September 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Tags: Facebook, FBI, Google, Privacy, Zuckerberg | Categories: Obama, Politics, Privacy, Tea Party/Liberty | URL: http://wp.me/pnXwl-4v2