Face-time Tuesday


Walking around downtown Orlando, you might not notice the lightbulb-sized camera affixed to one of the traffic signal poles along the city’s palm tree–studded avenues. But it’s there, scanning all the same. If it sees you, the camera will instantly send a live video feed over to Amazon’s facial “Rekognition” system, cross-referencing your face against persons of interest. It’s one of three IRIS cameras in the Orlando area whose video feeds are processed by a system that could someday flag potential criminal matches — for now, all the “persons of interest” are volunteers from the Orlando police — and among a growing number of facial recognition systems nationally.

In the US, there are no laws governing the use of facial recognition, and there is no regulatory framework limiting its law enforcement applications. There is no case law or constitutional precedent upholding police use of the tech without a warrant; courts haven’t even decided whether facial recognition constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. The technology is still plagued by inaccuracies.

But that hasn’t stopped law enforcement from piloting these systems. According to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News, the city of Orlando — which initially allowed its original Rekognition pilot to expire amid growing public outcry — just embarked on a second pilot that allows for an unspecified but “increased” number of additional cameras.


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15 Responses to Face-time Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Remember a TV show Candid Camera? Now it is 24/7 unless you live in the woods or a desert somewhere, there is no escape in the city. Smile!


  2. Micki says:

    Oh great. Now, the nutjobs are going after Mueller.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    I learn that to my surprise Seattle, my home town, has a Confederate monument.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    I had thought that birthright citizenship was in a constitutional amendment.


  5. Den says:

    I do believe I am becoming quite drama weary.


  6. Den says:

    Mr and Mrs Turmp show up at the memorial with a BOX OF ROCKS??

    Are they STONED or what?


  7. °¿º Carol says:

    David B. Benson says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:50 PM

    Carol, do you make 3 salads every day?

    No, I make 3 salads every 3 days. I eat a salad every day. I just don’t want to have to make a new salad every day and have to drag everything out of the fridge on a daily basis. Not efficient enough for me. Too much time wasted.


  8. °¿º Carol says:

    Finally dug out the bonfire pit and spread the ashes. Then I collected my two piles of sticks and layered them in the pit, put bigger wood on top and a couple ancient logs, I need to start getting rid of my woodpiles. When I burn the trash next, I’ll be getting rid of the sticks, and other wood that has been hanging around here for years. It’s step in the right direction.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 16 minutes to the Hillside Cafe for another salmon dinner.


  10. Den says:

    The Great Pumpkin is coming!


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