The FBI also hasn’t run any tests on how accurate the facial recognition technology is when searching state databases, and whether those searches come back with false positives, which could lead to misidentifying an innocent person as a criminal suspect. Did you know that certain retailers when you sign your club agreements and then proceed to take your photo are actually eye scanning you? They use that information for a number of reasons including following you around the store to gain marketing and merchandising data.
Yes, the privacy of Americans is being compromised by national security concerns. The report from the Government Accountability Office that criticized the FBI last week for its facial recognition database was correct. Privacy and safety are important and steps need to be taken by the United States government to protect both of these things.
Yes, we face personal privacy violations due to the government's concerns about national security. Law-abiding citizens should not be subjected to the government collecting their personal information without their consent. Unless a person is identified for scrutiny due to dangerous behaviors or a solid list of legitimate red flags, he should be able to live freely without the government recording his activities.
In this age of lone wolf terroism, what price are we willing to pay for national and personal security? When seemingly anyone can purchase a fully automatic weapon and declare war on a night club I am willing to have my face run through any recognition database program necessary to ensure the safety of myself and my family.