Video: Dangers of facial recognition software

Submitted by:
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief


04/24/2012

For police officers, posting pictures to Facebook and other social networking sites is a sensitive business — if you have aspiration to work undercover one day, for example, simply posting one picture of yourself could undermine your chances of getting that job — but there’s another threat out there you should be aware of.  There are people out there snapping pictures of cops, and using facial recognition programs to compile whole databases on police officers.  Facial recognition programs can identify images of an individual, and in the hands of a bad guy, that information can be a real problem.  In this video tip, I speak with Lauri Stevens about some of the things to consider.


Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. In addition to his editorial and managerial responsibilities, Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association. He is also a member of the Public Safety Writers Association, and is a three-time (2011, 2012, and 2014) Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" Finalist in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column.

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