Repost from @freedom_faction
It’s often the case that new technologies arrive on the scene faster than our society and its legal code can keep up. Sometimes this can be a good thing. For instance, #3Dprinting allows people to print out unregulated #gunparts, thus allowing gun owners to circumvent the onerous laws of our government, which has struggled to come up with new laws to restrict the #technology.
When technology advances at a breakneck pace however, it can also be quite #dangerous for our #liberties. This is especially true in regards to #privacy. If a new technology makes it easy for the government to #track us, you can bet that the government is going to take its sweet time updating the #legalcode in a way that will protect us from surveillance.
That certainly seems to be the case with #facialrecognitionsoftware. During a recent Congressional Oversight Committee hearing, members of both political parties sounded the alarm on the #FBI’s use of the technology, and read the written testimony of Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Jennifer Lynch:
Lynch detailed the stunning scope of the FBI’s #photo collection. In addition to collecting criminal and #civil mug shots, the agency currently has “memorandums of understanding” with 16 states that mean every #driverslicense in from those states is accessible to the agency—without the drivers’ #consent. The FBI also has access to photos from the #USStateDepartment’s passport and visa records.#Technocracy #SurveillanceState #BigBrother