Our Privacy is Toast – Photo I.D. matching computer technology runs amok

19 01 2020

NY Times The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.

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“You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.”


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19 01 2020
Kenneth T.

Privacy? What’s that?
Even growing up in the ’80s (I didn’t know about it in the ’70s), I saw it slipping away. It is going “bye-bye” faster and faster with each technological advancement

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20 01 2020
flyingcuttlefish

When the UK put cameras wall to wall in London and other places it did absolutely nothing to change the crime rates.
The idea of filming everyone everywhere like China is really dangerous and is happening quickly in cities across the US.

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