The Washington Post reported:
Quote:Law enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.
Such open access has caused a backlash in some of the few states where there has been a public debate. As the databases grow larger and increasingly connected across jurisdictional boundaries, critics warn that authorities are developing what amounts to a national identification system — based on the distinct geography of each human face.
There is no way to “opt out” of this for privacy reasons if you intend to be a licensed driver in the United States. Have you noticed that now when you go to have a driver’s license picture, you aren’t allowed to smile? That’s because it can throw off the ability of scanners to “recognize” you, because it changes the shape of your eyes and can also obscure your eye color. For the same reason, you aren’t allowed to wear glasses, long bangs, or head coverings. Your face is being catalogued for future identification purposes.
more - http://intellihub.com/2013/06/17/over-20...-database/