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“New Facial Recognition App for Google Glass”
by wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org,   
August 29th, 2014

Friday Church News Notes,  - A new facial recognition app will allow Google Glass users to ID total strangers and pull up information on them, including criminal records. The app, called NameTag, is tied to a database containing millions of records. NameTag's web site says, "Utilizing some of the most accurate facial recognition software in the world, NameTag can spot a face using Google Glass' camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles. ...  a user can simply glance at someone nearby and instantly see that person's name, occupation and even visit their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profiles in real-time." Google says its Glass product will not support facial recognition apps, but this policy could change overnight, and regardless, a way will doubtless be found around the restriction. It is easy to see how the device will be paired with facial recognition software and massive government databases for use by law enforcement and government officials. In fact, the New York City Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass ("New York Police," VentureBeat, Feb. 5, 2014). NameTag plans to create smartphone editions of its app.

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