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Face scanning

2001-01-17 18:28:59+00 by Larry Burton 1 comments

Hmm, this NATIONAL POST ONLINE News story has got me thinking. How is this really a privacy issue? We are talking about people out in public, showing their faces in public, in areas that are known to use video surviellence. I don't see the problem with digitizing the faces and comparing them to a mugshot data base. It does cause one to think of other applications. One could compare the faces of customers of retail shops to those of known shoplifters.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:55+00 by: baylink

This falls, roughly, into the "what is the social contract?" category. That is, what is it reasonable for people to assume about everyday activities. To date, it has not been reasonable to assume that you were being recording on videotape in some random public place, though most people didn't think about it consciously. It's that last clause that explains the volume of the complaints against it... and it falls directly into the aim of the quote "They that will give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty, nor safety." Damn, but those Founding Father guys were smart.