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Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

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Eye Black And White - Public DomainWhat is our society going to look like when our faces are being tracked literally everywhere that we go?  As part of the FBI’s new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015.  But that is only a small part of the story.  According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using advanced facial recognition technology for years.  In addition, as you will see below, advertising companies are starting to use Minority Report-style face scanners in their billboards and many large corporations see facial recognition technology as a tool that they can use to serve their customers better.  Someday soon it may become virtually impossible to go out in public in a major U.S. city without having your face recorded.  Is that the kind of society that we want?

To the FBI, this technology does not represent an invasion of privacy.  Rather, they are very proud of the fact that they are not going to be so dependent on fingerprinting any longer.  The FBI has been developing the Next Generation Identification System for years, and this month it was announced that it is finally fully operational

The federal government’s Next Generation Identification System — a biometric database that relies largely on facial-recognition technology — is now fully operational, the FBI announced Monday.

“This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler,” the FBI said in a statement.

The latest advance in the technology gives users the ability to receive “ongoing status notifications” about individuals’ criminal histories, the FBI said. That means if, for instance, a teacher commits an offense, law enforcement can be immediately informed — and then pass that information on to administrators.

It’s to monitor criminal histories of those “in positions of trust,” the FBI said.

As part of this new system, every American will eventually be assigned a “Universal Control Number”.

Does that sound creepy to you?

Even mainstream news reports are admitting that it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie

It aims to eventually replace fingerprinting with a complex array of biometrics, assigning everyone with a “Universal Control Number”, in what sounds like a plotline from a sci-fi movie.

And it won’t just be the FBI using this database.

According to Fox News, more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies will have access to this information…

More than 18,000 law enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal justice partners across the country will have access to the system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

So if your face is scanned somewhere or you do something noteworthy that is registered by the system, virtually every law enforcement agency in the country will instantly know about it.

Pretty scary stuff, eh?

But the FBI is actually lagging far behind the NSA.

According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using “sophisticated facial recognition programs” for many years

The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.

The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show.

Do you remember that stuff you saw in the Jason Bourne movies about how the NSA can track people?

Well, most of that stuff is real.

If you don’t like it, that is just too bad.  At this point not even Congress has much control over what the NSA does.

And there are police departments around the nation that are also way ahead of the FBI.

For example, just check out what has been going on in southern California

In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring.

Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile, scanning millions upon millions of entries from within vast, intricate databases stored on the cloud.

It’s done with state of the art facial recognition technology, and in Southern California it’s already happening.

At least one law enforcement agency in San Diego is currently using software developed by FaceFirst, a division of nearby Camarillo, California’s Airborne Biometrics Group. It can positively identify anyone, as long as physical data about a person’s facial features is stored somewhere the police can access. Though that pool of potential matches could include millions, the company says that by using the “best available facial recognition algorithms” they can scour that data set in a fraction of a second in order to send authorities all known intelligence about anyone who enters a camera’s field of vision.

Widespread use of facial recognition technology by our law enforcement authorities is becoming a way of life.

If the American people don’t like this, they need to stand up and say something.

But instead, in an era of widespread Internet hacking and identity theft, many Americans are actually clamoring for the implementation of more biometric identification.

For instance, the following is a brief excerpt from a Fox News article entitled “Biometric security can’t come soon enough for some people“…

In a world where nearly every ATM now uses an operating system without any technical support, where a bug can force every user of the Internet to change the password to every account they’ve ever owned overnight, where cyber-attacks and identity theft grow more menacing every day, the ability to use your voice, your finger, your face or some combination of the three to log into your e-mail, your social media feed or your checking account allows you to ensure it’s very difficult for someone else to pretend they’re you.

As financial institutions adopt this kind of technology, a day may come when virtually all of us are required to have our faces scanned at the checkout counter.

That may sound crazy to you, but according to the Daily Mail a company in Finland has already launched this technology…

Bank cards are already being replaced by phones and wristbands that have payment technology built-in but the latest threat to the lowly plastic in your pocket could be your face.

A Finnish startup called Uniqul has launched what it calls the first ever payment platform based on facial recognition.

The system doesn’t require a wallet, bank card or phone – instead a camera is positioned at the checkout and takes a photo of a shopper’s face when they are ready to pay.

It then scans a database for the face and matches it to stored payment details in order to complete the transaction.

And advertisers are even more eager to adopt facial recognition technology.  In fact, the kind of face scanning billboards that we saw in “Minority Report” are already a reality.  For example, a company called Amscreen says that it already has more than 6,000 face scanning digital screens that are being viewed by approximately 50 million people each week…

Advertising network Amscreen recently launched a unique face-detection technology, originally developed by automated audience measurement firm Quividi.

Cameras have been installed in Amscreen’s digital advertising displays that can scan a person’s face and determine their gender, age, date, time and volume of the viewers.

This is so adverts are served to the most appropriate audience.

Amscreen already has over 6,000 digital screens seen by a weekly audience of over 50 million people.

Even dating websites are starting to use facial recognition technology at this point.

Just check out what has been doing…

Popular dating site will use photos of users’ exes to determine which type of look they’re attracted to in order to find them a dating match.

The dating site has partnered with Three Day Rule, a Los Angeles-based matchmaking service, which has dating experts that act as personal dating concierges who hand-select and personally meet every potential match before making a formal introduction to clients, Mashable reports.

Members of will be able to upgrade to Three Day Rule’s premium service which will ask users to send pictures of exes to determine the type of look they’re attracted to. Three Day Rule will then use facial-recognition technology in an effort to help users find dates.

Our world is changing at a faster pace than ever before.

Powerful new technologies are literally being introduced every single day now, and the future is probably going to look far different than any of us are imagining.

But with all of this new technology, will we end up losing what little personal privacy that we have left?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • Mondobeyondo

    The notion of privacy is rapidly becoming a relic of the past. Sad but true. We had best protect, defend and cherish what little privacy we still have left.

    The younger folks among us have little to no idea what it USED to be like. Smartphones track your every move. CCTV cameras watch your every move. Fingerprint recognition devices are becoming more common (even the iPhone has that now.) People yak away on their mobile devices seemingly without caring about what the subject matter is (boyfriends, bills, doctor appointment, date at the bar, etc) – or to whom they are talking to (bus or restaurant full of people, etc).

    It’s just an alien world to me, having grown up with a landline phone and making “party line” or 3-way calls – that seemed like an invasion of privacy!

    It’s only the beginning. Trust me, it’ll get more intrusive. And it’s going to get scary.

    • Bill

      So glad you are still there. Your wisdom is appreciated.

    • LiveFree

      Like Aldous Huxley said people will love their servitude.

      • Tom

        We are now awaiting Orwell’s “boot”

    • Richard

      This stuff is coming in waves, faster and faster and They are herding the Sheeple. I too remember the real America as a teen in the 60’s. We have moved into the Twilight Zone of electronic technology Tracking and Control. Welcome to the New Amerika. Before long, Christians are going to have make some very hard Decisions.

      • Hammerstrike

        Ever heard of Camover?

        youtube. co m /watch?v=9GCsd2TJKjQ

        youtube. c o m /watch?v=LEb7oqzaKhw

    • Orange Jean

      The young people I work with… are not only not concerned about lack of privacy… they think it’s COOL!

      … but it gives me the creeps.

      • kernster

        streetlights now talk trains buses and cars all talk now.

        • Orange Jean

          Good reminder! I’d forgotten about the plan to require “smart” spy boxes in cars.

      • Firstgarden

        Safety vs. Freedom

        As we move more & more toward Statism, privacy flies away with freedom.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Frankly, that’s disturbing.

        And the whole notion of “Why not discuss everything? I have nothing to hide…” – umm. That’s illogical logic, if you ask me.

    • Life is a choice

      Don’t give them more credit than they are worth. They can’t even contain an isolated group of angry unarmed black looters. I get excited of seeing what will happen when they have pulled away the last straw for the thinkers.

  • Sparkie

    In the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London, the offenders were identified within 4 days, by scanning the CCTV of the millions of Tube users that had been travelling that day, and matching them up to criminal databases. Has its uses.

    • neal

      So the Big Brother cameras stopped the 7/7 bombings? No?
      How can these systems accurately identify people if people think up ways to change their features? I get a shave and a haircut and then dress up for Halloween (fake everything including a mask). The woman across the road gets botox, collagen injections, fake eyelashes, liposuction, hair extensions, wears a push up bra (with fillets), wears coloured contacts, has a girdle and gets a fake tan.
      And the muslims up the road all wear hijabs, niqabs or burkas.
      So will they ban Halloween, morticians wax, makeup and muslim attire? If not then the terrorists will easily target Halloween (a pagan celebration that must disgust muslim fanatics), learn how to apply disguises or just dress as muslim women.

      • Hammerstrike

        Don´t forget all those muslimas trying to look like ghosts.

    • David_R59

      A much simpler solution would be to make islam illegal in all Christian countries. That would almost eliminate all terrorism.

      • Gay Veteran


        • Malcolm Reynolds

          That would almost eliminate all terrorism.
          I know, huh! We’d have to outlaw the democrat party as well.

          • Gay Veteran

            toss in the republicans and fake libertarians

  • GSOB

    Hebrews 4:13

    Jeremiah 16:17

  • K

    This Country stopped being the America I knew, some time ago. I feel more and more, with each passing day, we have become the fascist states of america. And the majority of the citizens, have become useless cowards. As the saying goes. A person who stands for nothing, will fall for anything.

    • Hammerstrike


  • Tatiana Covington

    Reality is just a poor substitute for Science Fiction.

  • davidmpark

    Simple solution: walk around naked.

    Seriously, the second I do either alarms will go off at TMZ that the Yeti is now discovered; or the operators and the equipment both would die a Shakespearean demise from the harsh reality of me in the buff. Not to mention the collateral damage – so much blindness and PTSD.

    • Priszilla

      There is a guy in England who spent years in jail because he has nothing to hide. Walk around naked and police arrests you as terrorist.
      Fly naked, too.

    • Hammerstrike

      In Germany, they have Cameover.

      youtube. co m /watch?v=9GCsd2TJKjQ

      youtube. c o m /watch?v=LEb7oqzaKhw

  • Haley

    Dollar is up and up! No collpase coming!

    • lol

      national debt is up & up! the bigger they are, the harder they fall!

    • Firstgarden

      Up, up and away.

  • Guest

    Crime is more prevalent when anonymity is possible. The world is getting safer every year and that coincides with improvements in technology. As long as my constitutional rights are not violated, I have no problem being monitored when out in public.

    • Ian

      “Crime is more prevalent when anonymity is possible.”

      Says the anonymous poster.

      “The world is getting safer every year and that coincides with improvements in technology”

      You’re being sarcastic I hope.

      • Orange Jean

        More likely… simply stupid!

        • Hammerstrike

          That is exactly how this whole crisis is possible in the first place, stupidity.

    • Hammerstrike

      Fascismus vulgaris.

      Like those 1400 children raped in Rotherham, maybe? Oh right, the porkers are more interested in defending the feelings of rapists than that of the victims.

      frontpagemag.c o m /2014/dgreenfield/rotherham-child-sex-victim-confronts-muslim-abuser-gets-arrested-for-racism/

  • kernster

    I know where I’m going when all this breaks out. inside of a railroad tunnel. they won’t find me in there.

  • Firstgarden

    Did anyone mention Facebook? It seems they’ve been doing this kind of thing for years. They sure are eager to have us “tag” the photos of all our friends and family.

    • Priszilla

      It isn’t called FACE book for no reason. There is also Google Picasa. And image search. Upload a photo and search for the same image – house, car, plants, face.

      • Firstgarden

        Toto, Kansas isn’t here anymore!

    • Mondobeyondo

      Ah yes, Facebook and other social media outlets. And have you ever wondered why they are so heavily promoted on mainstream media?

      “Hello, I’m Steve from Steve’s Garage Doors! Contact me on Facebook! I’m on Twitter too! See photos of my garage doors on Instagram!” Yada, yada.


      • Firstgarden

        Well, I know that social sites serve as excellent g o v t tools. The question in my mind is – where does it end? Embedded chips everywhere, including in products we buy for our homes? Chips with micro cameras?
        Imagine the fed naughty boys turning into hi-tech peeping toms. Or virtual voyeurs. Insane I tell you.

  • Priszilla

    That’s where the veil comes handy.

    • Hammerstrike

      Ever heard of Camover?

      • Priszilla

        Good that they post their exploits on youtube. Someone will recognise their running style.

  • Ian

    Grow a beard. Dye your hair. Until they use retinal scan, finger print scan and voice recognition. Commies

    • Hammerstrike

      Already in the Turner Diaries (written circa 75-78), the Organization had ways to counter facial recognition.

  • Priszilla

    What kind of person develops and sells and operates such system?
    It isn’t just some three letter thingy, there is always a person like Eichmann or Bush or Pol Pot who is doing things to people.

    • jakartaman

      No but like the Clintons and Obama

  • danbax

    If you have uploaded your picture online its already in the database.
    Google plus said a picture I uploaded for my profile ( a flower) did not have a face in it

  • Tom

    It appears this technology is being used everywhere with the exception of government welfare programs. Want to see fraud stop, the government should mandate that retinal scans be made of all collecting various sorts of welfare. I suspect caseloads would drop.
    They won’t do that though…They need the Cloward-Piven strategy to take effect

  • Hammerstrike

    In the UK “asians” would just destroys any CCTV cameras installed in their areas.

  • Orange Jean

    DARN! There goes my “fat old lady” invisibility cloak!!

  • Orange Jean

    The only thing good is… they may have difficulty implementing such a program due to lack of trained workers. One of my neighbors is a retired fingerprint expert with a neighboring police department. He has been asked many times to keep on working at least part time because they can’t find anyone to replace him.

    • Hammerstrike

      I laugh when I think of what Russian hackers with access to these programs could do.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    For who and for what? Perhaps my thoughts are being clouded here from my dinosaur like brain. They aren’t stopping a blasted thing with all their technology. Murders are going up. Theft is robust. Seems like rape and beatings are more regular than they were decade ago. As for the advertisers, that’s really helping sales as most go broke.

    I guess this is all good about keeping the masses out of protected buildings like banks and courthouse. However they are just walls protecting them from the chaos outside, and eventually everyone has to go outside.

    • nohomehere

      just one thing were locked in outside in the yard and a baby cam focused on us! even some sound for boistrous ones

  • CTU

    My issue is less with the technology or its existence and more with how we are unwittingly becoming a part of various databases without our consent. Fingerprint databases have largely been created by those already accused and arrested for a crime, with a few exceptions for those in security positions. Now everyone is treated as a potential suspect. No one cares but I believe it is a violation of our Constitution, but it will take those accused of crimes through this method to be proven innocent, their lives destroyed in the process, before anyone might question if this is a good idea. But it will be defended as “it is for the greater good”. That is always how personal freedom is sacrificed.

  • jakartaman

    With the existing and future technology anyone believing that they have any privacy would be a fool. What you do, what you say, what you write/text – maybe even think

  • THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THIS PRIVACY ISSUE: One is individual and/or organizational rights, and their rights to go about their business, and the other is right of a nation to survive and be able to go about its business. These two rights are often at odds throughout history.

    What often conflicts is the right of the Individual versus the right of the collective. The right of an individual versus the right of the tribe and so on.

    God recognizes both rights, and plainly discusses how to balance those rights under the most arduous of circumstances. We must, in effect divide ourselves and our interests into two parts. The part that wants collective security and the part that want freedom from the restraints of collective security. Collective security and individual freedom can easily conflict and be at sword points.

    Ideally there needs to be a balancing between the two. Jesus, the Son of God was dispatched to earth to fix that balance in ancient Israel. When the balance works perfectly everyone of good will is happy, but everyone of ill will is unhappy. No system can provide happiness to both Evil people and Good people, or too criminals and victims. One or both are going to be unhappy. Better one happy than both unhappy. Let the bad people be unhappy, but let the good people be happy.

    The problem modern day America has is in trying to make both the Good people and the Bad people happy. This can never be. It is an abuse of freedom when wrongdoers are happy and victims of wrongdoing are unhappy. This is where we are now.

    The so-called “invasion” of privacy that is occurring is an attempt to raise the happiness levels of the Good people, and lower the happiness levels of wrongdoers. FounderChurch@Gmail.Com

  • Firstgarden

    Is this what the Asians mean by “saving face?” 🙂

    • CynicalGuy42


      • Firstgarden

        T’was asked only in jest.

  • Mondobeyondo

    TMZ… Too Much…. don’t worry, I’ll come up with an acronym or something.

    Actually, I think it was “A Current Affair”, or one of those Geraldo Rivera shows, that set this whole celebrity gossip and information seeking culture into motion. And once it got going, there was no stopping it.

    The repercussions are…. potentially harmful to say the least. Not just for celebrities, either. Think, oh, I don’t know… Home Depot and Target shoppers.

  • Priszilla

    my boyfriend is losing his bank card every other week. for him id need an implantible chip so he can pay.

  • DJohn1

    Facial recognition technology might work or not.
    Several hundred people unjustly found guilty of rape might argue with you there Only after DNA testing became available were these men able to prove their innocence. It is still working its way through our legal system. That is to the tune of massive amounts of money that the state is liable for. Ruining a man’s life on facial recognition when it can be mistaken is going to get expensive.
    Identical twins in your background might also throw this system off. We each have up to 10 people or more that look enough like ourselves that this system might make major mistakes that cost loads of money in the future.
    The twin factor means that even with different genetic combinations, people are going to look very much alike. It can be a matter of chance genetics but they are identical in appearance.
    Technology is not always completely reliabile.
    Some have no visibile connection genetically yet they look very much like one another
    Most people have genetic markers like fingerprints and eye patterns that are very individualized even in twins.
    Then there is the problem of clones. What happens when a clone of an individual shows up identical in every way to the original? I think it is just a matter of time before something happens like I have been describing.

    • Hammerstrike

      Are you familiar with Cameover?

      • DJohn1

        No. Please enlight me on this.

  • Rollin Shultz

    There will soon be a profitable market for facial camouflage. I have already seen a few products and I’ll bet there are many more under development.

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