The FBI's facial recognition system stores criminal mugshots and citizen ID photos in the same database. (Photo: Electronic Frontier Foundation)
FOX News: FBI using 400 million photos for facial recognition
You may be right to be paranoid about government surveillance and tracking, because the FBI may not be playing by even its own rules.
A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that the FBI's facial-recognition systems have access to 411.9 million photos of individuals, far more than the 29.7 million previously disclosed. If you've got a passport, or hold a driver's license from Illinois, Michigan, Texas, North Carolina or a dozen other states, you're probably in there. The GAO report also criticized the FBI for not adequately performing required assessments of the systems' impact on privacy.
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WNU Editor: Passport pictures, driver licenses .... there are many sources where the FBI can get a picture and a person's name attached to it.
For regular readers of this blog .... this is nothing new. I first talked about this in 2011 .... Face Recognition Software To Revolutionize Surveillance Procedures (October 9, 2011)