Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Project No. P115406 #00059 

Submission Number:
00059 
Commenter:
 Siegel
State:
New Jersey
Initiative Name:
Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Project No. P115406

I oppose the use of facial recognition technology. The potential for misuse is self-evident. It violates privacy concerns, can be misused and can cause a variety of ethical and moral concerns regarding how this technology can used, how the information is stored, who has acces to it, etc. Take for example, the no fly list. "The government's terrorist watch list has swelled to more than 755,000 names," growing by approximately "200,000 names a year since 2004." The new report by the Government Accountability Office also "raised worries about the list's effectiveness." FBI documents show the database flagged some twenty-thousand people as suspected terrorists in 2007. But only a handful of those screenings led to any arrests. Critics say the figures show the threshold for identifying suspects is too low and leaves thousands at risk of civil rights violations. Just because we can use technology to do things doesn't mean we should - PARTICULARLY when we are increasing become a POLICE STATE (which may be the aim, but is CLEARLY not what people want or what the Founders envisoned). "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin