“Big Brother” is big business?

CBS | May 16, 2013

The odds are you are not just a face in the crowd any longer. Even if your picture isn’t plastered all over social networking and photo-sharing sites, facial recognition technology in public places is making it harder if not impossible to remain anonymous. Lesley Stahl reports on the new ways this technology is being used that even has one of its inventors calling it too intrusive. Her 60 Minutes report will be broadcast Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Professor Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon, who researches how technology impacts privacy, stunned Stahl with an experiment. He photographed random students on the campus and in short order, not only identified several of them, but in a number of cases found their personal information, including social security numbers, just using a facial recognition program he downloaded for free. Acquisti says smart-phones will make “facial searches” as common as Google searches in the future. And nearly everybody can be subject to such prying, even those who are careful about their Internet use.

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1 Comment on "“Big Brother” is big business?"

  1. book face,aka Facebook and other devises ,the lovers of themselves social media machine – just add the pride and dark hearts of man – false spirituality – walla! you get a book called conology and soon to be a ends times block buster movie -all they will need is a number of a name on hand or head or in there little shrunken socially engineered brains

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