Is big brother watching too closely? Privacy groups fear it might be, with improvements and use of facial recognition technology on the rise. As part of a long overdue update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has started to roll out a 1 billion dollar facial recognition program. That’s billion with a b. According to New Science, facial recognition has reached a point where it can match a single face out a pool of 1.6 million photos with 92% accuracy. The new database will also include iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification, all of with the goal of catching criminals faster and more efficiently. But privacy groups worry about how the biometrics are being collected. In the past, database information has come from mostly mug shots, but now it will be coming from an assortment of places. They’re concerned that a person with no criminal past could end up in the database and be subjected to unwarranted surveillance.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 10, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).