The United States is preparing for a large-scale surveillance of its citizens. According to the latest report, the police database of facial recognition systems already has 117 million people, almost half of all adult Americans.
One might think that the United States gives citizens great civil liberties. It is only an illusion, unfortunately, as it increasingly becomes a police state, which invests the citizen at every turn. And not just agencies like the NSA, but also the ordinary police who can know exactly where we are at the moment.
According to a recent report by the Georgetown Law Center for Privacy and Technology, as many as 117 million Americans – almost half of the population – are already in the facial recognition database database accessed by different lawyers.
The report also informs that the faces to create such a huge database come from photo licenses of drivers from 26 US states. Of course, there are also people who have never committed any crime. And that’s not what Clare Garvie, the main author of this report does, does not like, the biggest problem being the lack of proper supervision over the use of collected data. Meanwhile, uniformed services use this base very often.
The team responsible for creating the report asked 100 different agencies whether they were using the said database. As many as 52 agencies have admitted that they are constantly using it. Although nine of them assured that they were supervising access to the data, only one of them showed documents that actually confirm this. In other words, most law enforcement agencies allow you to peek into the base for no apparent reason or even double check the people detected by the system.
This is not good news for American citizens, because facial recognition technology is unreliable and can easily misidentify. Such systems are known for frequent mistakes in correctly identifying black people, women, and men aged 18 to 30. And accidentally taking a criminal, certainly will not be pleasant. He saw Steve Talley, who had gone through hell after being accused of assaulting a bank.