Submission Number: 00015
Received: 1/3/2012 12:10:33 PM
Commenter: Mark Rushing
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology; Project No. P115406
Attachments: No Attachments
Facial recognition is an important, though controversial technology which must be pursued for national security reasons. A lot of groups and people crow about racial profiling etc. These are valid concerns when and if a law enforcement individual has a bias against certain types, however when statistics prove that certain groups are more likely to be fanatics or criminals, then logic dictates that we maintain our vigilance despite political correctness. If we have automated systems utilizing facial recognition and other technologies I believe it is reasonable to assume the automated systems cannot be accused of bias or racism/racial profiling etc. Personally, I could care less about political correctness so if someone considers facial recognition an invasion of their privacy and they want to disguise themselves to thwart our attempts to identify them, that in itself should raise a red flag with authorities.
As Ben said, any person that gives up his (or her) freedom in exchange for safety deserves neither. The United States is the new communist super-power and things are simply going to continue to get more invasive. WE can change that and ensure that these new technologies are not abused but it is my belief that the moment you leave your residence, you give up any expectation of privacy.
Facial recognition technology development and improvement should be one of our top priorities. The potential benefits far outweigh concerns for potential abuses. That is my opinion for what it is worth, if anything.