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The White House is testing a facial recognition system that will use security cameras to capture pictures of people outside the White House and match them to “people of interest.” Too far?

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According to NBC News, the Secret Service is testing a new facial recognition system that uses security cameras to capture images of people outside the White House and then tries to match them to “people of interest.”

Does this scare you?

This program has been developed in order to protect the security of the White House. The “people of interest” they will be alerted to include those who may pose a threat based on their contact with law enforcement officers, social media posts, tips from the public and media reports, the Secret Service said.

Basically, these cameras will be able to quickly scan all the faces on the crowded sidewalks around the White House and run them through a database to determine if they are a “person of interest.”

*cue creepy sci-fi music…

The security cameras are located outside the White House, so this means anyone who is walking by on the street will be identified by the cameras, there is no way to avoid that. In a document published by the agency, they explained that those who do not wish to have their faces run in the facial recognition program “may choose to avoid the area.”

Currently, this software is just being tested. This means the “people of interest” identified in the system right now are certain Secret Service agents who have volunteered to take part in the test.

“The test seems to be limited enough to avoid immediate privacy concerns, but it ‘crosses an important line by opening the door to the mass, suspicionless scrutiny of Americans on public sidewalks,’” Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote in a blog post.

This move has caused increased concern in some who have worries regarding the government using high-tech tools to expand its monitoring of the public.

For now, the system is just being tested, and there is no word on when it will be fully operating. Have they gone too far this time? Read more about this on NBC News here.


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The White House is testing a facial recognition system that will use security cameras to capture pictures of people outside the White House and match them to “people of interest.” Too far?

Totals
17% Yes…chill
83% No, it’s a good step
Males
16% Yes…chill
84% No, it’s a good step
Females
18% Yes…chill
82% No, it’s a good step

Yes…chill

No, it’s a good step


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