On tap! Facial Recognition Technology at a Computer Screen Near You!
There is new software that can pinpoint the identity of a suspect in an instant. And we have it here in San Diego.
The new system has just been tested in San Diego, where suspected criminals’ photos were run through a database of more than 1,000,000 county booking shots, yielding 250 positive matches within seconds. The Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) is a part of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which helped test the new software. The new recognition technology can help speed the identification process in many criminal investigations such kidnappings and other felonies.
Not so fast, says the ACLU. The ACLU claims the new technology poses a threat to public privacy. Even if only used for suspected criminals at first, the civil rights group fears it has too much potential to expand and ensnare innocent civilians in its wake. They also claim it’s ripe for abuse, pointing to misuse of similar technology, such as public surveillance systems, in the past.
Just think! We could catch all those recalcitrant fine-scoffs just by swiping their faces across a giant scanner! Or maybe I have that wrong. Anyway, there’s no stopping Big Brother.