October 21, 2001    





What do you think about the use of face recoginition software in public spaces?

If you are talking abou the CIA, or where Maxwell Smart hangs out at, that is fine. Do we really have to be so paranoid? I mean, the terrorists are winning, because they are making us afraid of our own shadow. Where I work, they take the right precauations. They thoroughly check my ID, and look into my bag...which is good. Some people even want to wear gloves to pick up the mail. The way I look at it, Anthrax is a treatable disease. Besides, what is the worst that could happen. I croak and I get to see the Legendary Big Guy Sarge, that does not sound too bad to me.

age unknown, parts unknown

Eh, i don't really care.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

I personally think it was in place a long time ago and this is just a bid for public acceptance.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

You mean to use as a security type thing? Sure, I'm not seeing anything wrong with that.

Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

It doesn't bother me. We lost our privacy a long time ago. When we started using social security numbers and drivers' licenses for ID.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I believe it would help with keeping up with who and when someone is in that particular building.

Stephanie, 25

I have no problem with using face recognition software in public places to apprehend both major and petty criminals. I'd be downright enthusiastic if it were used to spot men and women who are delinquent in paying child support.

Jill, 60

It sounds like something straight out of James Bond but what the hey! The world we live in is so scary that if this will keep some nut from doing something that will hurt us, let's go for it.

Reba, 50+
Silver Spring

The idea doesn't sit well with me. There is nothing inherently onerous about the technology, but I don't trust the how we humans will use it. Can you say Big Brother. How about totalitarian state.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Well, I just don't know if that would work to well, unless it went by facial structure or something. Cause what if you did your makeup different one day, or if you don't normally wear makeup and then decide to one day? And with facial structure, what if you had plastic surgery, or what if you were in a bad car accident, and your face was all rearranged. I think there would be problems.

Lisa J., 23

Why would this occur? It strikes me as being invasive and unnecessary, but I also think people shouldn't be oing things they don't want to get caught doing. I mean, people should be allowed privacy, but they also shouldn't be doing things they're ashamed of or would try to cover up.

Karen, 22

I dont like the idea at all. I think it's really interesting and fun to think about. But all in all I believe it's really just too much.

Ry, 23

I don't have a problem with it. If it helps get some of the dirtbags back in jail I'm all for it.

Jennifer, 19

Hating to be so ignorant about this but I simply don't know anything about it!

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

Uh...what? They better not! This society sounds more and more like a science fiction novel every day.

Kristin, 20

I do not personally have a problem with such a system being implemented, but it would be just another brick in the wall, to borrow from Floyd. It is the resurgence of these ideas (face recognition, national id, etc) that show society as a whole is prepared to embrace the anti-utopian norms in exchange for personal security. Is that a trade we are willing to make?

Aaron, 22

It depends on how it is used.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

Sure, why not.

Johanna, 18

Not sure.


I think that I would want that kind of software if my child was missing but the rest of the time I would feel like it was an invasion of privacy. That's not an easy one to weigh the pros and cons about.

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

Kind of sounding like big brother a little bit too much.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

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