Fa­cial scans solve crimes

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Charles Hoover

I read with a sense of dis­be­lief the ar­ti­cle about the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union op­pos­ing the use of driver’s li­cense pho­tos and fa­cial scan tech­nol­ogy, a valu­able tool in law en­force­ment (“Md. use of fa­cial scans de­cried,” Oct. 19).

Let’s look at an ex­am­ple: Say your son or daugh­ter is kid­napped and it hap­pens where a se­cu­rity cam­era records the event. Which is faster and more ef­fi­cient at iden­ti­fy­ing and ar­rest­ing the kid­nap­per — a gen­eral de­scrip­tion of cloth­ing and fa­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics and then try­ing to match that with an ac­tual per­son, or run­ning the pic­ture through a fa­cial scan which picks up all the fine de­tails of the per­son’s face? If it were my own son or daugh­ter, I would much pre­fer the lat­ter, as it could greatly re­duce the time in ap­pre­hend­ing the crim­i­nal.

In or­der to get a driver’s li­cense, we al­low our pic­ture to be used for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses. I fail to see why, un­less the ap­pli­cant is a crim­i­nal, we should ob­ject to us­ing this valu­able re­source in help­ing catch the bad guys!

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