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Danny S.

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I cannot believe this...I was just watching the news, and in Indiana, you are no longer permitted to smile for your drivers licence photo,because of New "face recognition software". No glasses, scarfs,or smiles permitted.According to the report, all States will have to comply with this new Federal law...UNBELIEVABLE!

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Who cares? I mean honestly, has anyone had a GOOD license picture taken of them, smile or no smile? Seriously, here in Mass. they always made you wear the glasses for the photo in case you were pulled over. If you need them and you are not wearing them that's one more thing they could bust you for! crazy

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Originally posted by boopell:

How is it to be used? Why would it be used? Is it some kind of data base?

A woman named Laura Garza is missing in NY. A registered sex offender has been charged with her murder. How did the police first put the two together?

'Investigators zeroed in on Mele after high-tech surveillance cameras at Marquee (club) captured the pair dancing, flirting and talking for about 45 minutes, giving cops their first real clue to her whereabouts.'

Ask this missing woman's family what they think about "face recognition software".

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As Kiwi said we have had the "No Smile" for both licenses and Passports for a while now. I guess we are used to it so haven't thought too much about it. You can't get a license without it, and ya can't get a passport without the "bland" face photo.

What Kiwi and I did find intrusive when we arrived in L.A. last year was the photographing of our faces AND then finger-printing us. I mean to say... do we look like criminals!!! laugh:rolleyes: Seriously though, we do understand the need for security since 911. It doesn't happen when you come to New Zealand... well not yet.

It did take a long time to get through immigration into USA last year. Still it won't put us off coming again. That's if we can get through!! wink

Muzza cool

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Originally posted by boopell:

I can't figure out how it works on a driver's license. I admit I'm technologically challenged! :P

How does it work?

Some facial recognition (software) identifies faces by extracting landmarks, or features, from an image of the subject's face. For example, an algorithm may analyze the relative position, size, and/or shape of the eyes, nose, cheekbones, and jaw. These features are then used to search for other images with matching features.

So the police have a video of a suspect. They need a data base to draw from. Where is one place where you can find someone's picture, not to mention their name, address, height, weight, & birthday?

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....... And who's to say that terrorists and criminals won't be smiling when they commit their atrocities??? I suppose some technology is better than nothing, but I dont' have great faith in it, and it is overkill to a degree.

Right now I'm just glad I don't have to carry a national ID card or have a chip in my body .... that I know about.

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