Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Facial Recognition Controversy? Non-Issue

There's been a media stir over Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's BCI criminal investigation office beginning the use of facial recognition software to compare photos in the state's driver's license database with any photos out there they choose.

There's no claim that the "match" would stand up in court as a way to convict someone found at the scene of a crime.  It simply helps to narrow the field a little bit and speed up the swiftness of justice.

I don't see the reason for the stir.

After all, facial recognition software is pretty commonplace now. 

My kids’ Nintendo DSi comes with a resemblance tool that tells you how closely related you are to someone else in a photo.  Built-in Facebook capabilities tell you is who in your photos automatically.  Windows software comes with a way to tag all photos on your computer that have the same person in them.
I found this “Look-a-Like” Meter app one day that I was able to manipulate in a scientific way to link a photo presumed to be my great grandfather to my grandmother.  It worked!

Point is that anyone can take two photos, compare them with off-the-shelf means, and gain facial recognition pretty easily.

Why shouldn't the state be able to put the photo assets of one agency, the BMV, to spare resources for another agency, the BCI, while also improving justice?  I say go ahead.

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