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The US National Security Agency is scooping up large quantities of images of people for use in facial recognition programs, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing top secret documents.
The Times said documents, which were obtained from fugitive former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, show a significant increase in reliance on facial recognition technology at the agency over the past four years.
The report said the NSA was using new software to exploit a flood of images included in intercepted emails, text messages, social media posts, video conferences and other communications.
originally posted by: ChefSlug
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
I'll give you a link to the original article:
Promised Original Atricle Link
originally posted by: VoidHawk
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
I watched a vid on the defcon channel (youtube) about facial recognition, and on it they demonstrated that a simple thing such as hair style can make a face totally invisible to the software thats scanning for a face.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
a reply to: VoidHawk
It'd depend on how much of the crucial facial features are obscured. I imagine that the algorithms used by the NSA and other such agencies are much more advanced than anything in the public domain, and the algorithms get better every day. But yes you're right, it doesn't take much to screw up the algorithms, however they are now better at distinguishing the difference between similar looking people than the human brain will ever be, and they need to be in order to pick one face out of millions.
originally posted by: defcon5
This is also why I get a good laugh when people worry about being tracked by RFID chips. Your already being tracked by FR cameras, without your knowledge. RFID has no existing infrastructure, and would require reader stations placed all around the country. FR does the same thing with existing infrastructure, at less cost, without public knowledge, and at further range then RFID could ever accomplish. When a crime happens, such as Boston, you are now being forced to stand up in a “virtual” police “line-up” without your knowledge, consent, or even probable cause.
This is by far the most dangerous invasion of our rights since 911, and yet very few area aware of it, or paying any attention to it at all. Essentially you are being tagged and tracked by your face.