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Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance

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posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:39 AM

The Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System — or BOSS — last fall after two years of government-financed development. Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

It is getting to the point where you can't go anywhere or do anything any more without being under some kind of surveillance.

Our liberties are being attacked on a daily basis.

The current administration never ceases to amaze.

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:43 AM

The automated matching of close-up photographs has improved greatly in recent years, and companies like Facebook have experimented with it using still pictures.
reply to post by Diisenchanted

It doesn't surprise me that Facebook was involved in this.

Why people still use Facebook is beyond me.

link to story

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:50 AM
i saw first hand that facial recognition was being used at railway stations in the u.k in 2006 and it is system wide i saw a man being arrested on a platform and when i asked a member of the rail staff what he had done wrong he replied to me that the man must have had a warrant out on him as one camera scans the faces of everyone at the station and that was 06

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:51 AM
I wonder if facial recognition works on politicians.

Probably not. I can't imagine that it recognizes horses a$$'e$.

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:52 AM
reply to post by geobro

"Wow just wow!

What reality am I in?

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 06:56 AM
reply to post by Diisenchanted

welcome to the matrix
you can get hats online that have led lights built in that thwart the cameras

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 07:05 AM
Why don't they just develop a branding iron that implants a little chip at the same time?

We can all line, up bear a butt cheek, and be branded like the cattle they already view us as. All this playing around is getting tiresome. Cut right to the chase and get it done like they intend it.

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 07:35 AM

The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.

But law enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.

So much for America being a free nation. If you haven't committed a crime they should not be allowed to enter your photo into a facial recognition software program.

State photo-ID databases become troves for police

There is also a map that tells which states have a facial recognition program, and witch states allow law enforcement to use them.

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 07:40 AM

The FBI previously acknowledged that NGI will “house multimodal biometrics records like palm prints and iris scans” in one master system, as well as facial imaging information and intelligence about scars, marks and tattoos. Eventually, the agency said, it hopes to incorporate technology to track down people using only their voice. For now, though, the EFF is interested in what the facial recognition infrastructure will be able to do, and is demanding the FBI fesses up.

and from the RT

Is this just more of what they will be storing at the Utah Data Center?

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 07:50 AM
reply to post by geobro

Ya I have seen the way they work. Pretty awesome.

But then you have to ask yourself if that doesn't attract more attention than one might want.

posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 07:59 AM
Facial Recognition has been around for a LONG time. I wrote numerous papers on it and other biometrics in college over a decade ago. It has also been used and tested in numerous venues already in the US, like the SuperBowl. The problem with the recognition a long time ago was the resolution of the camera used. Now we have extremely high resolution cameras that are able to get a very clear picture of the faces in the crowd and can easily be scanned into a database for cross reference with known criminals.

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