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Facial Recognition Surveillance Is Coming

November 20, 2012 by  

Facial Recognition Surveillance Is Coming

Facial recognition software, a major privacy concern for many people, is here to stay. And it looks as though the software is going to become a mainstay of law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation.

According to a report by RT, facial recognition software created by a company called FaceFirst, a division of Airborne Biometrics Group of Camarillo, Calif., is already in use in San Diego. FaceFirst boasts that the software is capable of identifying anyone, as long as the police have a facial profile in their database.

The software is similar to that which is being popularized by a smartphone-based system that allows shoppers to be identified when they enter certain retail establishments. The system then issues discounts and deals on merchandise.

On FaceFirst’s website, the company boasts that not only can it issue deals, but it can also identify possible shoplifters by matching their faces with past arrest records.

From the site:

Our military-grade technology targets (or identifies) individuals with prior arrest records or persons who may not necessarily have been previously arrested. These can be individuals suspected, or on the users internal watch or ban list when they enter your store. Suspects photographed by our high-speed face-tracking video camera are automatically matched with watch list photos. Alerts are instantly sent directly to cash registers, cell phones and/or computers.

Your loss prevention department can monitor the suspects’ movements, or ask them to leave the premises before a criminal act is committed. Staff can also take cell phone photos of suspected offenders and receive a confirming match in seconds.

Similarly, law enforcement agencies throughout California are currently working to integrate FaceFirst into public surveillance systems, which could possibly lead to increased scrutiny of pedestrians with prior arrest records as they traverse public areas.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Opal the Gem

    “Similarly, law enforcement agencies throughout California are currently working to integrate FaceFirst into public surveillance systems, which could possibly lead to increased scrutiny of pedestrians with prior arrest records as they traverse public areas.”

    This sounds good on the surface but you know there will be hundreds if not thousands of mistakes in identity especialy in the first years of operation of the system not to mention the violation of assuming you are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Winfield

    “Big Brother is Watching YOU”, ala Orwell’s 1984!

  • Mr Diesel

    Nothing to keep you from wearing a Guy Fawkes mask everywhere……..

    • GALT

      Or a Sam Rolley or Wayne Root mask……..

      • jopa

        Galt;You better not wear a Wayne Root mask he claims he is already on Obama’s watch list because they went school together and he snitched on him.

  • JDL

    Since they are violating the 4th amendment, I want a list of their vendors (accomplices).

    • George Washington

      Wrist rocket slingshots work wonders on cameras!
      Steel bearings will break ANY glass lenses, or at the least, mark them so as to meake them useless due to the cracks!
      Same goes for the illegal red light cameras…a direct violation of the constitution’s clause for the right of the accused to face their accuser, whch of course, can never occur…case dismissed!

      It’s crap like this, that piss us off…WHEN are WE THE PEOPLE going to DO AOMETHING ABOUT IT??
      But like ALL sheep, they prefer to let OTHER do the work and bask in the glory those that are willing to FIGHT for the FREEDOMS others have died to PRESERVE!
      I choose to FIGHT and WIN over this tyrannical government of FILTH and CORRUPTION!
      DESTROY that which we created, and START OVER AGAIN!

      • John

        Here, here! Realistically, this socialist dictatorship will die as oil depletion continues. The problem is that will take time, and I’m tired of waiting for Freedom to return.

  • The first whore in the WH in ’16.

    Be sure to give free Hillary masks to all the hookers in your town. And polyester pantsuits in plus sizes. Watch how many johns want to fxxx it, er, I mean her, er I mean them. Bill Maher, steps to the head of the line.

  • Elda

    The first place to put them is at the vote polling places and link them all across the nation. Can you imaging how the elections would go? But like ALL electronics, it can be comprimised.

  • Ken(yan) see me now?

    Hey, I know. Lets all don Barry Hussein Soetoro masks and meet at Mans Country in Chicago. See if anyone there recognizes us. Be prepared for action if they do. (Google Obama and Mans Country in Chicago for clarification)

  • Tom Cook

    Time to go to Spencer’s and get some Bubba teeth. Let the bureaucratic swine try to figure that out!

  • Ginger

    The only real problem with this is what about “doppelgangers” – look-alikes.

    My husband and I were walking down the street one day and we both had to do a doubletake because the driver of the deliverytruck that passed us was a dead ringer for my husband.

    With facial recognition software it would be easy to confuse two people and if one had a criminal record the other could be unfairly treated because of that.

    • Sam

      1971, I was walking down an avenue in Weisbaden Germany, I was stationed in Naples Italy and on leave, when I was tapped on the shoulder and a German woman started talking to me at a frantic pace. I told her I did not understand German, shock on face, she switched to English and said that I was a spitting image of her brother. Long story short, her sister-in-law and her husband were shook to their socks when we met a coupe hours later. I was shocked to the core,to say the least.

  • E. Blake

    And if you have driven through town recently your face has probably already been entered into that data base. The police have been setting up what may seem to be a speed trap, but if you look closer you will notice the camera is pointed at windshield level, and they are standing outside there cars, operating the equipment.

  • Living on a Prayer

    Have you heard of the ID Act.?

  • Aaron

    L’idée au départ n’est pas mauvaise, à condition de ne pas tomber dans l’excès.
    Par contre pour lutter contre les infiltrations de terroristes islamistes je pense que c’est un assez bon moyen.


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