Smile, You’re on Criminal Camera
In today’s Portland Press Herald; Smile, you scofflaws, your’re county camera. Note that the URL states you liars, and today’s print and onlineheadline states scofflaws while the URL includes the subliminal message of you liars. Draw your own conclusion, but I detect biased links.
Starting Monday, Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies will have access to facial recognition software to check identities against ‘a huge database’.
By David Hench firstname.lastname@example.org
Not everyone tells the truth when they talk to a sheriff’s deputy.
The facial recognition software being implemented by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office allows deputies to compare pictures with the jail’s database of about 50,000 images in search of a match.
When a suspect’s identification is in doubt, a deputy will take a person’s picture with a smartphone or a digital camera.
Some people even pretend to be someone they’re not, to avoid an arrest warrant or dodge a traffic ticket.
A database of 50,000 is only the beginning. The next step may be integration into the state then DHHS national database of drivers license photos, then immigration & passport records and finally extend into a private & discrete business relationship with the aptly named Facebook.
Facial recognition systems already exist on various Internet platforms.
There is even an app for that.
Want to make tagging friends in Facebook photos a bit easier? New facial recognition app Klik launched out of beta on Thursday.
Simply download the iPhone app and get ready to snap of picture of your friends or family. Before you even click the button to take a pic, the app immediately recognizes your friends’ faces. After you take the pic, Klik will identify the face (if they’re on Facebook) and identify who that person is. If the app gets it wrong, you can find the right name from your Facebook contacts. Plus, Klik’s creators say the app gets smarter over time and should become increasingly better at identifying people in photos the more you use it.
At what point in time, as part of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process – aka e-Verify, will we as HR Professionals stop examining paper documents and just take a picture. This future is closer than we may think.
In fact, why stop there?