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Secret facial biometrics being used to identify motorists and shoppers

Published: July 7, 2016
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Source: Mass Privatel


According to a Newspaper article the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has secretly been spying on motorists for three years.
  
Three years ago the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles allowed IIHS to secretly record vehicle identification number (VIN), age and sex information from the records of 65,000 vehicle owners.
 
 IIHS used facial biometrics to identify drivers
 

It's not a stretch of the imagination to believe the IIHS and the DMV identified passengers too.

Facial biometrics used to identify passengers and pedestrians

Though primarily intended for fixed security camera installations, the software could allow police to identify the occupants of vehicles when the system is supplied with a clear photograph of a car's interior. In states such as California and Arizona where red light cameras and speed cameras photograph the front of a car, the video stream can be analyzed in "near real time" to catalog and identify the driver and anyone in the passenger seat of passing vehicles, flagging any "person of interest.

Don't forget, the DEA's highway surveillance cameras are also tracking everyone.

The DEA has gathered as many as 343 million records in the National License Plate Recognition program, which connects DEA license plate readers with those of other law enforcement agencies around the country.

“With its jurisdiction and its finances, the federal government is uniquely positioned to create a centralized repository of all drivers’ movements across the country — and the DEA seems to be moving toward doing just that.”

Police can identify people through fog

"San Francisco’s public transit agency plans to purchase up to 150 cameras marketed for their ability to find and focus on human faces, although city officials insist the devices will monitor only traffic — not people."

"The Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking a vendor that will sell cameras equipped with “face detection” technology, according to bidding documents posted online. Those cameras will scan streets from traffic-light poles..."

Samsung's 'Super Light Enhancer' can identify people at night and their 'DEFOG' software can identify people through fog. Surveillance cameras can even identify people in low light, click here to see Bosch's Starlight surveillance cameras.

Last year, I warned everyone that surveillance cameras can track multiple people using 'activity recognition.'

"We present a multi-target tracking system that is designed specifically for the provision of stable and accurate head location estimates. By performing data association over a sliding window of frames, we are able to correct many data association errors and fill in gaps where observations are missed." 
 
Why did the IIHS use facial biometrics to identify motorists?

"Why precisely the insurance industry advocates felt the need to capture facial images of drivers and compare that to personal data in DMV records is a mystery," NMA president Gary Biller told TheNewspaper. "Identifying drivers isn't germane to the horsepower versus speed question."

If you guessed DHS had something to do with it, give yourself a gold star.

According to an NHTSA March 2016, article. Adrian K. Lund, Ph.D., president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also served as the Secret Service's liaison to DHS. (the only way to find this information is to search for 'Adrian Lund Secret Service liaison')

The IIHS is also behind the push to have automated speed enforcement and alcohol ignition interlocks installed in every vehicle, they're also responsible for red light camera legislation and much more.

To answer Mr. Biller's question, the IIHS appears to be a government agency (DHS) masquerading as an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization.

Police & stores across America secretly use facial recognition to spy on EVERYONE
 
 
Recently Walmart, Home Depot  have been caught using facial recognition cameras to identify customers.
 
Target and CVS are considering using facial recognition to spy on customers.
 
 
  
Earlier this year, I warned everyone that police were using license plate readers in shopping malls.
 
 
How bad is police surveillance in America? A search of "police use retail video cameras" returned close to 3.5 million hits.
 
Welcome to Police State America, where everyone's face is being scanned without their knowledge!

 

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