posted on May, 22 2018 @ 11:57 PM
a reply to: highvein
China has an extensive facial recognition program. Recently a western media outlet did some testing in cooperation with the Chinese government to
demonstrate how effective it was. They were able to locate the person of interest in one of their cities a few hundred miles from their current
location within 3 to 5 minutes.
While the prospect is frightening there really is nothing that can be done to prevent the US government / state government or law enforcement from
adopting a similar system here.
You have absolutely no expectation of privacy in public.
The only thing I am aware of is how the different state laws protect drivers license and state id card images/info when it comes to requests from
other states. As an example Missouri has agreements with several bordering states that provides a full return to an officer running the drivers info,
including picture and info. Last I checked a couple states bordering Mo have not signed any agreement due in part to differing restrictions placed on
info / photos. If a person is from from one of those states in Missouri or vice versa only basic info is exchanged with no ability to scan out a
driver using partial info and no access to their photo portion of the system (bear in mind this may have changed. Its been a while since I have
followed up on this stuff).
I can see the facial recognition system having a purpose for missing / exploited / kidnapped children/adults. Terrorism and maybe top 10 wanted lists
from other agencies.
With that said the temptation to abuse the system, in my opinion, would most likely become common place. Exigent circumstances are defined by the
officer making the call so its a mixed bag.
Aside from the state laws I mentioned and taking into account supreme court rulings on privacy in public I can see it being allowed with the caveat
the people entered into the system to be found are done so from a current arrest record with active warrants.
A few years back when the federal government was trying to put a database in place for gun ownership they had some states provide access to drivers
license info to the feds. My state was one of those and when it was disclosed the DMV lost the ability to process concealed carry permits and that
function was turned over to the sheriff's offices.
Getting over the hurdle already established that there is no expectation of privacy in public will be difficult. A topic that I can see cropping up in
any attempt to modify the US Constitution.
edit on 22-5-2018 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)