August 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm #23597
A new facial recognition app will allow Google Glass users to ID total strangers and pull up information on them, including criminal records.
The app, called NameTag, is tied to a database containing millions of records. NameTag’s web site says, “Utilizing some of the most accurate facial recognition software in the world, NameTag can spot a face using Google Glass’ camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles. … a user can simply glance at someone nearby and instantly see that person’s name, occupation and even visit their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profiles in real-time.”
Google says its Glass product will not support facial recognition apps, but this policy could change overnight, and regardless, a way will doubtless be found around the restriction. It is easy to see how the device will be paired with facial recognition software and massive government databases for use by law enforcement and government officials. In fact, the New York City Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass (“New York Police,” VentureBeat, Feb. 5, 2014). NameTag plans to create smartphone editions of its app.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!August 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm #23743
I think we should get comfortable that nobody has real anonymity anymore in the future. That is, unless there is a drastic change in our society and we get rid of the ruling elite but given our current culture there would be just some other power hungry individuals jumping in and filling the gap.
Its pretty crazy how well Facebook detects faces already or if anyone uses an Android phone how Google Now knows where you live, work and what you are interested in.
I still have hope we can change a couple of things before everything collapses but privacy is a lost battle in my book unless you really invest a lot of time and effort and do not screw up even once.
For example I recommend creating a complete different online persona for everything you do online. If possible also use different computers to either interact with real life friends and family or with everything else using that new persona. At the end of the day this is often a lot to manage and quite inconvenient. Not sure if its worth it unless you do something criminal and law enforcement is out to get you.
There is still a chance to hide in the big amount of data that is collected by being pretty average.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")August 31, 2014 at 6:00 am #23817
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