Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quentinanon, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. DearGemma Member

    One trying to legally avoid facial recognition can always do that to his face. But that will work for one time only :D
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Facial recognition nabs violent fugitive 25 years after prison escape | Ars Technica

    Like it or not, facial-recognition tech has become an everyday part of society.


    Here at Ars, we often speak of facial-recognition technology as some Orwellian surveillance method that will one day be deployed by governments or other actors to chronicle our every move — perhaps for nefarious purposes. We reported Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is pushing a plan that would require all Americans to submit to a facial-recognition scan when flying out of the country. Whether that's good or bad is open for debate. And add to that, the nation's spy agencies have asked the public to help make biometrics more accurate.

    While we're not at an Orwellian point in time yet with biometrics, facial-recognition technology is being used for good, no matter how scary the technology sounds. Consider that Nevada authorities have announced that biometrics was behind the arrest of a violent criminal who escaped from prison 25 years ago. It's another in a string of arrests in which biometrics essentially paved the way for a bad guy's capture.

    What led to the recent arrest of 64-year-old career criminal Robert Frederick Nelson of North Las Vegas, who committed a number of felonies after escaping from a Minnesota prison in 1992? He applied for a Nevada ID card, and the Silver State's facial recognition tech doomed him.

    "Nelson applied for a renewal of his Nevada identification card on June 5, 2017. Investigators withheld the card after the DMV's facial-recognition system showed the same person had previously held a Nevada driver's license in the name of Craig James Pautler," Nevada DMV officials said.

    A background check showed numerous felonies under both names, the authorities said.

    Biometrics technology is becoming an everyday facet of society, for both the private and public sectors. Facebook is among the best known private-sector players in the field when it comes to tagging people in photos. In the law-enforcement context, about half of all US adults have their images in a crime-fighting, biometrics database — that's about 117 million adults.

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