National police forces of 10 EU member states are calling to create a system of interlinked facial recognition databases in addition to Prüm, the EU-wide database-cross-referencing system that already allows for all-at-once scanning of individual DNA, fingerprint, and vehicle registration databases.
Los Angeles International Airport: The National Transportation Safety Administration and Homeland Security will launch a 3-week test using facial recognition from RFID chips in passports. Most of the official discussion is about how happy passengers will be as a result of faster processing times and shorter lines. We suspect, however, that the primary motive behind this technology is to explore a data set that can be used globally with a single search criteria (the human face). It could become the universal ID code.
In a US Congressional hearing, the FBI came under attack from both sides of the aisle for its use of facial-recognition software, because that violates citizen privacy and can lead to arrests of innocent people. An official says that only criminal mugshots are collected, but it is known that the FBI also collects images from driver’s licenses, passports, visas, and security videos. The agency now is seeking to access all state databases that have photos, and these contain images of about half the US adult population.