Submission Number: 00058
Received: 1/12/2012 11:32:59 AM
Commenter: Deborah Newell
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology; Project No. P115406
Attachments: No Attachments
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am strongly opposed to the use of electronic facial recognition technology, even in an open and public space.
I am disturbed by the pervasive and ever-growing intrusions into the private lives of ordinary citizens who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. It is true that one would not, by definition, have an expectation of privacy at a sports arena, in a shopping mall, or in a public park, for example, certainly not insofar as one's face will be on display within these venues for any and all to see--any and all within the range of the human eye. However, one's expectations of this non-privacy extend only so far as a normal human being going outdoors might expect to be seen, and recognized and greeted, by someone he or she knows. It does NOT encompass having one's nose, eye separation, and hairline (etc.) digitally measured and presented against a vast database of information which might then record where one was at any given point during the day, as well as who one might have associated with during that time.
The privacy-violating implications of using facial recognition technology far outweigh any positive effects it might offer, and to be truthful, I can't even think of any of those right now. Time and again, it has been shown--domestically and abroad--that old-fashioned detective work and intelligence gathering are what *work* when it comes to identifying a threat, tracking a suspect, and thwarting an incident.
Facial recognition technology is nothing short of stalking--and spying on--innocent citizens, plain and simple. As such, it is a shocking and blatant violation of Americans' rights under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.