Last month, Facebook acquired Face.com, an Israeli start-up that develops facial recognition technology. The networking site has used Face.com’s software to suggest friends to tag in the photos that users upload to the site. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Privacy subcommittee, has voiced concern about Facebook not including sufficient privacy protections in the tagging feature. In comments to the Department of Commerce, Franken has written that Facebook likely holds the largest privately held collection of face prints in the world.
In the USA, the FBI are also going to be using this technology in investigations.
So if you want to travel anonymously in the future, you may have to add a hat and fake moustache to that bogus license plate you planned to buy.
It would be interesting to know how Australian policing and security agencies plan to use this technology.