If you’ve been following the U.S. political silly season then you have more of an appreciation for the old saying, ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ Mark Twain would watch all the major TV news networks, read all the major news outlets online, and still say, “I told you so.”
Much attention has focused on the voter fraud issue, and even experts and researchers acknowledge that about 24-million voter registrations nationwide contain errors. Most of that is related to people who die or move away but there’s no easy way to update voter registration records. And that has little to do with voter fraud which doesn’t appear to be much of an issue.
Researchers found that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are building face-recognition databases that connect a face to a personal profile.
Uh oh. What could go wrong there?
The Orwellian scenario comes up first. You take selfies with your iPhone, right? You use your iPhone to take photos of family, children, friends, co-workers and a little of everything else in between. Those photos are stored on your iPhone or in iCloud and that means government spooks and hackers have access to all those faces.
What could go wrong?
We see this kind of thing on television all the time; right down to N.C.I.S. agents hacking a security camera at the 7-11 near a crime scene, zooming into a face, and then use facial recognition and a database to determine who walked by at just the right moment.
Far fetched? Of course. Security cameras are not that good but maybe they don’t have to be because your camera takes photos which are that good. The Perpetual Line-Up indicates that certain socio-economic, religious, and racial groups may be the most obvious victims of the face recognition gathering that takes place in U.S. law enforcement these days, but just the whole thought of having my big mug stuck in a digital X-File somewhere worries me.
That means your iPhone might be your snitch, your embedded mole, and the reason you start wearing facial recognition camouflage.
The Daily Dot – You’ll love this one. Simply pull your t-shirt, shirt, or blouse up over your nose to your eyes. Ipso facto, facial camouflage. The selfies won’t look that great, though.
Privacy Visor – These are special glasses which detract light in such a way as to inhibit a camera’s ability to get a good clear image, which then inhibits facial recognition. Change your hair color, too.
Fashion Tips – Once you figure out that your iPhone is not your friend then you may want to start wearing anti-facial recognition makeup and anti-facial recognition fashions which obscures your face to such an extent that your face would get bounced from most facial recognition software.
Face Poncho – My favorite way to reduce facial recognition capture is this clever skin which drapes over you much like a camouflage rain poncho but with a face at the top which would make it nearly impossible to register a decent facial capture.
What worries me more than surveillance cameras and facial recognition software that authorities use to create a database of every citizen is the iPhone itself. That’s where the real incriminating photos live.