Anyone who has ever had a background check when applying for a job could be identified in a police hunt.
The Interstate Photo System is expected to have reached 50 states by the end of the year, and have collected 52 million faces by 2015.
“This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilising biometrics as an investigative enabler,” the FBI said in a statement.
And it may not be long until Australian biometrics become this far-reaching.
Victoria Police have been using the iFace biometric system since 2010, with officers able to scan photos snapped on their mobiles in the street as well as pictures lifted from Facebook, according to IT News.
In 2012, privacy laws were changed so that scans taken for passports, driver’s licences or nightclub entry could be stored in police and spy agency databases, in what was slammed as a Big Brother-style development.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has already said that $158 million “eGate” departure gate scanners will be rolled out mid-next year.
It aims to eventually replace fingerprinting with a complex array of biometrics, assigning everyone with a “Universal Control Number”, in what sounds like a plotline from a sci-fi movie.
“One of the risks here, without assessing the privacy considerations, is the prospect of mission creep with the use of biometric identifiers,” Jeramie Scott, national security counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center told the National Journal in June.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed in that same month that the National Security Agency pulls in millions of images to aid its own facial recognition program.
It still compares poorly with Facebook’s DeepFace system, which can tell you with 97 per cent accuracy whether two pictures are of the same person. But authorities using the social network’s technology could only be a court order away.
Besides, the FBI has disclaimed responsibility for the accuracy of the IPS, stating that the list “is an investigative lead not an identification.”
It would seem we need to keep a close eye on the surveillance methods coming soon to our hometowns.
news.com.au 16 Sep 2014
The world's greatest spin doctors at it again.
The agenda is to enslave and categorise everyone on the planet under whatever plausible pretext the masses will accept e.g. 'terrorism'.
Another great way to shut people up for using a sinister agenda is to use the 'children' pretext.
For example, "We put 300 million people on our database, which saved one child from a sexual predator...", but [deliberately] failing to acknowledge that most child sex abuse occurs in the hands of the 'authorities' or government institutions. This fact has been proven to be accurate in Australia.