A creepy footnote to the shooting in Maryland yesterday. Apparently, the identity of the shooter – who had no ID on him, refused to give his name and had “obscured” his fingerprints – was determined via the use of facial recognition software.
An NBC news story about the incident mentions this fairly casually and without comment:
“Senior law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation told NBC News that Ramos had been identified through the use of facial recognition software. The sources said earlier that he had somehow obscured his fingerprints, making identification difficult. (Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief Bill) Krampf would not confirm those details, and said Thursday evening that he had no knowledge of any facial recognition or anything about fingerprints.”
If, in fact, the shooter was identified via his “faceprint” – so to speak – it shows just how powerful this “tool” is.
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It is also implies pretty strongly that our faceprints are also in the system and the implication of that is troubling. We are probably not only being watched but individually recorded – our comings and goings – whenever we’re out and about. The cameras which are ubiquitous in most areas probably work like those Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) which can scan and “process” the license plates of every vehicle that passes within range of the reader.
Some people may not object, of course. If you have nothing to hide . . . .
In which case, why object to random spot checks of our homes by government goons? If you’ve got nothing to hide . . . .
Is it exaggerating things to suggest that all of this keeping track of…