Law enforcement agencies are poised to use iPhones as facial recognition systems in the coming months. The technical advance promises efficiency but has created a backlash among civil liberties proponents.
This technology certainly raises some interesting issues but I do wonder about the legal basis for a civil liberties challenge. It has long been established that taking photos of people in public places - with some limitations - is a First Amendment right. Identifying the subject of the photo, as far as I can see, is certainly going to be protected. A civil liberties objection is going to have to make out that using some automated system to assist with identification removes the right. I can't see it myself.
I think any technology has the potential to be abused. I can't really think of anything in our societies current security system that can't be abused. If you have a driver's license you are already in the system: picture, age, wieght, hair & eye color....
At this time I would support cameras in certain public places such as airports and perhaps subway terminals that are hooked to a system monitoring the public using facial recognition.
Yes, it could be abused, but I feel that there would be enough opposition to the idea that the program would have to be fairly transparent, thus warding off most potential abuse.
I, too, have mixed feelings on this. I can see its practical applications and the many ways this would be useful and make law enforcement more efficient. But we're kidding ourselves if we think this tech isn't going to be abused. I'm not worried, necessarily, about becoming a "surveillance society" in which every single citizen is monitored, really. But do I think there will be abuse here? Absolutely.
Enterprises would like to move to cloud computing but are hesitant because they are concerned about providers’ ability to secure company data. Here are some tips that help to ensure that if breaches occur, the business is not left holding the bag.
Big-data has become a big point of emphasis for many businesses. While the technology is available to deploy these applications, the needed personnel often is not. As a result, analytic engineers' salaries have blown past the six-figure mark, and hiring these experts has become a challenge for IT managers.
Increasingly, companies are using videoconferencing technology to help employees collaborate with co-workers, partners, and customers. As a result, demand for technicians is rising, and companies are finding it difficult to retain their quality workers.
A recent survey by Endace found that 23% of companies experience some type of network problem daily and another 25% have a serious problem each month. Enterprise networks are still very unreliable and probably will continue to be in the near term.
ITRC found that more than 600 security breaches took place in 2012. Flaws were found in some of the nation's most respected companies: Apple, Citibank, and Wells Fargo. So, it seems the bad guys are doing better than the men in the white hats.
The FBI recently issued a warning to smartphone users, highlighting two mobile malware applications: Loozfan, which steals personal information, and FinFisher, which is spyware that takes over a smartphone's functions.
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