The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/15/new-totalitarianism-surveillance-technology

    A software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy – with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name or information into anything at the theme park, or indicated that he wanted a photo, or alerted the humans at the ride to who he and his girlfriend were – so, he said, based on his professional experience, the system had to be using facial recognition technology. He had never signed an agreement allowing them to do so, and he declared that this use was illegal. He also claimed that Disney had recently shared data from facial-recognition technology with the United States military.
    Yes, I know: it sounds like a paranoid rant.
    Except that it turned out to be true. News21, supported by the Carnegie and Knight foundations, reports that Disney sites are indeed controlled by face-recognition technology, that the military is interested in the technology, and that the face-recognition contractor, Identix, has contracts with the US government – for technology that identifies individuals in a crowd.
    Finally, last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to unveil a major new police surveillanceinfrastructure, developed by Microsoft. The Domain Awareness System links existing police databases with live video feeds, including cameras using vehicle license plate recognition software. No mention was made of whether the system plans to use – or already uses – facial recognition software. But, at present, there is no law to prevent US government and law enforcement agencies from building facial recognition databases.
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the linked to article on News21 says they use a dumbed down form of fingerprint reading and implies that face recog is only in the beginning stages and not implemented yet. However, Disney is said to be very interested in it. Glad I've been to Disneyland enough. I'm not interested in giving them my fingerprints, even if a dumbed down version. The whole claim that they don't take all the fingerprint data is spurious. They are not concerned about these like the police are--that you are person X and no other; industrial uses like Disneyland only need to be pretty sure you are person X and can live with the consequences of being wrong. It is a faster and easier algorithm. So they don't need as much data. It is still personal data being collected though.
     
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm with you, nachtnebel - I stopped going to Disneyland a long time ago - and I stopped going because of the privacy and surveillance issues.

    Disneyland has been using biometrics for a long time to help ensure that people aren't getting out of paying admission. The last time I checked in on Disneyland they were using hand geometry, not fingerprints. The reason for the hand geometry was that it didn't creep people out, and results were 'close enough'. It was a thin line Disney had to walk - minimize the number of cheaters that got in while not annoying their season pass holders.

    Don't know how long they've been using face recognition tech - but that's a reason all by itself not to go (at least for me).
     
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