You are probably participating in the facial recognition database whether you want to or not. Most likely, your visage is there to be easily identified, without your consent, even if you’ve never committed a crime.

BERLIN, GERMANY - A quadrocopter drone flown remotely by a participant and equipped with a video camera flies on the first day of the re:publica 2013 conferences on May 6, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Re:publica, a three-day-event, brings together bloggers and digitial media professionals for a series of conferences on affecting social, political and economic change through the Internet. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Using the vague criteria of “law enforcement purposes”, the United States has more than 200 million Americans filed away in various facial recognition databases.  If you have a driver’s license or any other government photo ID, your face is probably one of them.

The Washington Post reported:  Law enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.

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