Facing Facial Recognition (4 Responses)

Today’s second hour of Tom Ashbrook’s show looked at where facial recognition technology is taking us. The pending ubiquity of identifying individuals from snaphots, web posts, and security cameras is becoming a serious possibility, and with that comes the threat of putting any of us on the scene and adding that information to our profiles.

The DMV has collected and most likely now has digitized our mug shots. That represents a potential security risk for citizens of the Commonwealth. If DMV were to furnish our Mass Drivers License data to third parties such as data aggregators and brokers, security and police agencies, or lose them to hackers, the recipients will be able tag us almost wherever we go where cameras are around and to sell that capability to other entities.

And so, I would like to know with whom the DMV shares MV license data other than to law enforcement agencies for good reason, and whether our photos go with such disclosures. A driver’s license is the gold standard for ID’ing people. Given the recent breach of tens of million Federal employee records, I would really like the Commonwealth to vouchsafe that my likeness and other personal details that I have entrusted them with is our little secret. Any chance that could happen, Will?

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