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(Washington Post)   I'm shocked, shocked, that police departments are using facial recognition software to mine driver's license databases for suspects, accomplices and witnesses   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, driver's licenses, driver's license databases, fusion center, office park, databases, mobile apps, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, civil liberties  
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2013-06-17 05:11:52 PM  
These organizations are going to use all the data mining tools available today for the same reason dogs lick their balls - because they can.
 
2013-06-17 05:14:51 PM  

mr0x: - Buy that tinting thing that makes it hard for digital cameras to read your license plate or figure out a way to turn your license plate into a captcha


I just saw an interesting license plate obfuscator today: It's a plastic cover plate that is perfectly clear if you are directly behind it, but totally obscures one or two digits of the tag if you are at an angle to the plate.
 
2013-06-17 09:55:48 PM  

slayer199: Hmm.  This is dicey in terms of the 4th Amendment.  You do give up some rights when you get a state-issued driver's license.  Unless it's expressly forbidden by state law, they probably can do it.  It isn't like Minority Report where everyone is being scanned everywhere.

The real problem is that I don't think that facial recognition software is mature enough to rule out bad matches.  Of course, if they use it as a starting point to find possible suspects to start an investigation, it may not be that much of an issue.


It appears they use it like the AFIS fingerprint system.  They get a batch of possibles and whittle it down from there.
 
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