“The agency intercepts “millions of images per day” — including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images” — which translate into “tremendous untapped potential,” according to 2011 documents obtained from the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. While once focused on written and oral communications, the N.S.A. now considers facial images, fingerprints and other identifiers just as important to its mission of tracking suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets, the documents show.”
This is another example of the dualistic nature of surveillance itself. Most citizens want the government to provide protections from terrorist threats. But many more don’t want their own activities or those of their loved ones to be part of such activities. Truly, there is a balance between these, but finding it is difficult because we lack the ability to discriminate between the on and the other.
Thanks to NY Times