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BLOG:US intelligence wants to radically advance facial recognition software

Michael Cooney | Nov. 15, 2013
National Intelligence agency wants to cull facial IDs from massive amounts of video, images

A Janus system would no doubt raise a number of privacy and security red flags.  Other advanced facial recognition systems already face a number of legal challenges.  For example in June the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over records about a facial-recognition database it is building.

From an IDG News Service story on the suit: The EFF, in a lawsuit filed .in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, asked the judge to require the FBI to respond to the civil liberties group's Freedom of Information Act requests about the agency's Next Generation Identification (NGI) biometrics database, scheduled to launch in 2014.

The new database is described as "bigger, faster and better" than the agency's current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the EFF said in court documents. The new database will create a unique "face print" for each person included, the EFF said.

"Governmental use of face recognition -- and the potential for misuse -- raises many privacy concerns," EFF's lawyers wrote in court documents. Facial recognition allows identification of people in public and can be used to track people in public settings and on social networking sites, the EFF's lawyers wrote.



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