The NSA Intercepts Millions Of Images Per Day For Facial Recognition
By D.B. Hirsch
June 1, 2014 5:51 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com
According to James Risen and Laura Poitras in the Times, it’s unclear how many people around the world — or how many Americans — are subject to the image surveillance, but tens of thousands of “facial-recognition quality images” are collected each day:
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.