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At least half of American adults are pictured in a facial recognition network used by law enforcement, according to a report published Tuesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology, which recommends prompt adoption of privacy protections.
The report says a minimum of 117 million adults have been entered into such a network because they are licensed to drive in one of 26 states that allow police to search driver's license photos for face matches. And it’s possible many more people are affected.
Four additional states were not counted toward the total, with the center unable to verify reports in the Washington Post and Cincinnati Enquirer that Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Dakota allow police to scan driver's license photos.
Though many unknowns remain, the report uses about 100 responses to public record requests to build a more complete picture of the emerging technology's use.
In addition to distinct state systems, the FBI has a large facial recognition network of more than 400 million photos belonging to an unknown number of people featured in mugshots or striking a non-criminal pose for civil purposes.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
My wife took a picture "selfie" with her mother and posted it on facebook.
Facebook tagged her mother.
Millions of Facebook users are giving away their personal information and most recent photographs up freely. They shouldn't really be crying over privacy then, should they?