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Tantamount in setting the precedence for enhanced security measures the War on Terror has undoubtedly become a war on privacy In this post 911 era one would have you believe that these dreadful events may have been prevented with the use of Facial recognition technology In the wake of events such as that of September 11 2001 security industries along with government agencies have developed and are implementing biometric security systems for use in daily policing of its citizens Local law enforcement is now working with companies to produce facial recognition devices and software that could be used on unsuspecting law abiding citizens Albeit in the name of safety and security we must take a look into the social and ethical implications surrounding this technology and whether or not the benefits outweigh the potential for misuseWhat is facial recognition technology and where is it being used today Facial recognition is an automated method to identify humans through unique characteristics of their faces A camera takes a digital image of a persons face algorithms extract facial features from the image and a template is formed which is then compared to templates in the database Skokowski 4 In the United States research funded by the Department of Defense and other intelligence agencies began in the 1960s Commercial applications have been developed and in use since the 1990s Today we can find this technology at task in social media networks such as Facebooks tag feature in which facial recognition suggests which friend is in which photo US-VISIT a biometric system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security tracks immigrants travel in and out of the United States Casinos use recognition systems to catch known card counters and other blacklisted individuals In Pennsylvania and in Ybor City Tampa Florida CCTV closed circuit television monitored by local police checked faces against criminal databases Police in Tampa Florida used
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