Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's the problem?

"In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. . . . But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong. "Everybody's participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver's license," said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union."

An individual voluntarily applies for a driver's license. The process includes sitting for a photograph. Why would anyone object to a search of those photos for the purpose of finding dangerous fugitives?

Sometimes it seems as if these organizations complain because they're paid to complain, even if there's nothing to complain about.

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