Rekognition, the Amazon facial recognition system which is available for about anyone with a credit card to use.
Researchers managed to detected 2,750 faces during the period and come back with several positive identifications. The most interesting one – which is featured in the article – was of Richard Madonna, a SUNY College of Optometry professor. The blurry shot of the side of his head scored a 89% similarity score. Oh yes, this project was pulled together over a couple days with an out-of-pocket cost of about $60.
The project just used 3 cameras. Elsewhere in this part of Manhattan, the police have access to another 9,000 cameras according to the ACLU. And, maybe a whole lot more if the 3,000 cameras on the city’s free internet kiosks are added into the picture.
New York City is already using a network of cameras, license plate readers, and other sensors in a Domain Awareness System developed together with Microsoft. And, they aren’t speaking openly about this system’s use of facial recognition features.
Big names providers of facial recognition software include Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. On the social media side, Facebook is also working on it. There is a long list of companies wanting to provide such technology. That said, the regulatory aspect is still weak. In the USA, there is virtually no regulation of this technology. In the EU, biometric data like this is considered a “sensitive” category of personal information, and should get protection of some sort. How that works out in practice … we’ll see.
When you go out – smile. According to Georgetown University research, if you are an adult in America, there is a 50% chance you are already in law enforcement facial recognition database.