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A bank has just been robbed. The only evidence left behind is grainy security camera footage – detectives have a blurry face, but nothing else to go off of. The photo gets enhanced and run through a database. A few drama-filled moments later, the computer spits out the name and address of a suspect.
This may sound like a terrible plot from an episode (every episode?) of CSI: Miami. But it’s also happening every day in police departments across the country. According to the Washington Post, police officers in 26 states are empowered to use facial recognition software in conjunction with a database of driver’s license photos to track down witnesses, verify IDs, and learn more about potential suspects. Over 120 million Americans appear in these facial recognition systems nationwide.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been arrested for a crime before – if you drive, the police…
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People are upset (or scared or confused or ambivalent) about the revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting information from Verizon concerning telephone calls made on its network. What does it all mean???
Let’s dive right in.
So the government is listening to all my Verizon calls, right?
What’s happening, then?
Verizon is handing over “all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications between the United States and abroad; or wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”
They’re handing over my telephony metadata???
Apparently only if you’re using Verizon Business Network Services which, according to the New York Times, “is one of the nation’s largest telecommunications and Internet providers for corporations.”
Now that I’m upset about the possibility of my telephony metadata being shared, what is telephony…
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Book: All-American Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
This is the story about how a regular high school named Sam Madison, saved the president’s life. It goes on to explain how her life dramatically changed afterward. The president names her teen ambassador to the U.N. and appoints her, an extremely artsy person, to decide the winner of an art contest. Not to mention that the president’s son might be in love with her. Sam’s life has just take an exciting turn.
If you want to buy this book go here.