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The FBI’s Secret Facial Surveillance Program Now Faces Lawsuit

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Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

Countries around the world, including the United States, are in the midst of a facial recognition technology race. The closer that our world gets to sustainable, impactful facial recognition, the more privacy the general public loses. We’ve already seen evidence of how nefarious facial recognition technology can become. Just take Hong Kong’s recent protests, as an example of how such “innovation” can cater to authoritarian regimes.

While you may feel this type of things “only happen in places like Hong Kong,” you’re naivety to the United States technology race may end up crippling you.

That’s because the FBI most certainly partakes in facial data collection. They also collect information on how you walk and your voice. The FBI, according to a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU, can match 640 million images of United States adults. And worse more, the FBI is helping Amazon further develop recognition surveillance technology.

The FBI working with Big Tech could yield dire consequences for citizens not only in the United States but around the world.

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Pentagon launching ‘solar spy balloons’ over midwest, documents reveal

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The United States military intends to test a number of surveillance balloons over six states. The future deployment of these high-altitude surveillance balloons was revealed in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) document filing.

The balloons will not be piloted and will run on solar power. South Dakota will serve as the official launch spots for the balloons, with navigational radiuses of 250 miles. If you live in Wisconsin, Iowa, or even Missouri, you could be under experimental surveillance in the near future. The balloons will reach altitudes of over 60,000 feet, far beyond any human eye detectable ranges. The balloons will be used to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotics trafficking and homeland security threats.”

The balloons will be equipped with cutting edge technologies, such as powerful radars that can track cars and trucks. Weather won’t discourage the success of the spy balloons missions, either, as they are equipped to endure most types of weather activities.

Of course, it is difficult to ignore the full potential of such high-altitude spy devices. In an article found in The Guardian, Arthur Holland Michel, the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York, said, “What this new technology proposes is to watch everything at once. Sometimes it’s referred to as ‘combat TiVo’ because when an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred, and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from.”

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