Submission Number: 00057
Received: 1/12/2012 10:45:51 AM
Commenter: Lisa Simeone
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology; Project No. P115406
Attachments: No Attachments
The increasing surveillance of citizens going on in this country is worrisome. When it happens in other countries, we use the term "police state." But somehow we're supposed to accept it here as benign. It's not.
I object to the use of this technology to spy on us. No matter how many bromides and platitudes about "proper use" and "respecting privacy" are trotted out, the fact is that spying is what this is all about.
As Erik Larson pointed out 20 ago in his book "Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities," data collected for one purpose WILL, ALWAYS, be merged with other data and used for other purposes, including purposes that harm people. This is a hard and fast rule. And information is "confidential" only until someone decides it's not.