Back in 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new initiative to scan and identify the faces of people leaving and entering New York City with facial recognition cameras. The system was tested last year on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge—which connects Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—but the test was reportedly a flop. The Wall Street Journal reviewed an email that a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) official wrote to a Cuomo administration senior official on November 29 about the program. The MTA official reportedly wrote that the initial proof-of-concept testing at the bridge “has been completed and failed with no faces (0%) being detected within acceptable parameters.”
However, An MTA spokesperson told the Journal that the face recognition program at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, as well as the Bronx-Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges were still in progress. “Only a small handful of bridge and tunnel employees have access to the data and nothing whatsoever is being shared with law enforcement or anyone outside of the people involved with the pilot,” MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young told Gizmodo. “We take both public safety and civil liberties extremely seriously.”
Civil liberties advocates have raised concerns about the program since the system was first announced. “This latest news validates our concerns that this technology is invasive and inaccurate—and the government has no justification for using it to undermine the privacy of our daily commutes,”
The MTA and New York State have no intention of slowing down their development of a facial recognition real-time surveillance system.
I wonder what will happen if drivers where masks or fake mustaches or sunglasses etc?
North Dakota and Minnesota are among the various states using driver’s license and identification cards to compile databases of residents’ faces that, when used with facial recognition technology, are the photographic equivalent of fingerprinting.
Civil liberties advocates are worrie about how the technology will be used. Using the technology to detect identification fraud – can be an acceptable government use of facial recognition – and now used by both Minnesota and North Dakota. But using an ID database and facial recognition software to identify people involved in a criminal investigation requires more care. Using facial recognition technology – and using it on state ID records – could open the door to mass surveillance,
Morpho, the company that produces the software used by the North Dakota state government, said on its website that it is “quite improbable” that facial recognition will “achieve the same levels of precision” as fingerprint recognition in the near future.
There are some factors that can hinder proper identification include facial expressions, angle of the photo and low photo quality.
Imagine being at a crowded function , and someone approached you wearing pair of funny looking glasses, one side of which had a thick aluminum frame. Not knowing that someone is wearing Google glasses. This person approaching you would be able to identify you by facial recognition, and by the time he or she has walked up to you, they just done peeped your hole card, your name, your job, where you lived and how much you make? And guess what? your conversation was being recorded and that your photo, or whatever the wearer was looking at, could be posted online? What would you do? Unless you know the full capabilities of Google’s Glass project. How would you know to ask the person wearing the Google Glass headset not to record you? Chances are you wouldn’t. Worse scenario, The Google glass wearer shows up at your residence. Well some members of Congress is finding google glass kind of creepy and want some answers. The Bi-partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking questions about how Google planned to ensure that the privacy of users, and more important, non-users, was being protected. In other words the congressmen want to know what safeguards Google was putting into place to guard against the violation of privacy laws. Google has until June 14 to respond to the inquiries by the caucus. Unless they can ease the fears we can expect some regulations concerning Google Glass.