For those of you who still hold onto to the idea that America will never follow in China’s Big Brother footsteps, I give you this disturbing story.
The speedy investigation was made possible by Amazon’s Rekognition, facial recognition software that let the Washington County Sheriff’s Office create its own searchable database of county jail mugshots.
An unnamed WCSO Deputy allegedly used Amazon’s Rekognition to search a 300,000-person mugshot database looking for a potential match.
A WCSO deputy watched a surveillance recording of the woman pilfering the boots, grabbed pictures of her face from the footage and imported them into the sheriff’s office’s new tool. He quickly got back a digital lineup of mugshots and found a possible match.
What makes this so disturbing, is number one: a cop is using a private corporation’s software to identify people which has never been independently vetted for accuracy because “it is too sophisticated.’ And, secondly, each time a police officer investigates a petty crime; 300,000 people will have their faces scanned without a warrant.
Using facial recognition to identify people accused of petty crimes is a mirror image of what is happening in China.
Law enforcement and retailers are creating a nationwide facial recognition database of everyone.
Yesterday, CNET warned that retail stores are secretly using facial recognition to identify shoppers and how the potential for abuse affects everyone.
With facial recognition, getting caught in one store could mean a digital record of your face is shared across the country. Stores are already using the technology for security purposes and can share that data — meaning that if one store considers you a threat, every business in that network could come to the same conclusion.
Creating secret watchlists of Americans is major concern that even CNET is acknowledging.
If someone is barred from one store because of facial recognition, that person could potentially be prevented from visiting another branch of that same store ever again.
Law enforcement will have access to a nationwide facial recognition system
Homeland Security doesn’t even attempt to hide that fact that Real-ID is really a nationwide facial recognition system. An article written by Joan Friedland for the National Immigration Center spells it out
Federal and state agencies as well as for-profit and nonprofit corporations, have been working “under the radar” to implement REAL ID’s information-sharing and database creation system.
DHS has contracted out the development of this system through “multiple layers of outsourcing and subcontracting,” with operations that are largely hidden from public view. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and the for-profit company Clerus Solutions are working on systems that lay the foundation for much broader information-sharing and a centralized database.
Homeland Security and law enforcement have taken China’s massive spy on every citizen program and adopted it to create a nation of suspects.