Picture somebody using a cellphone camera to learn the identity of someone they don’t know – it ‘s increasingly easy to do. Nextgov.com reports that facial recognition, a technique helpful to crime-fighting and security agencies, is becoming available to ne’re-do-wells as well.
“Face searching, says Netgove, “is becoming popular in the commercial sector as accuracy improves, cost of the technology decreases and the number of photos uploaded to the Internet skyrockets. In government, authorities appreciate the ability to quickly identify the missing link in a case by finding photo matches online. But the Federal Trade Commission, Congress and academics point to the risk of creating a world where anyone–the good guys and the bad guys–can run a background check on unsuspecting strangers on the street.”
Another scary aspect of our times.