It’s come to light that in their ongoing fight to protect Americans by eradicating the notion of human privacy, the NSA has been collecting “millions of images per day” from the firehose of personal photographs exchanged over the web.
This news, which comes to light via 2011-era documents obtained from media heartthrob Edward Snowden, reveal the NSA’s reliance on graphic clues like faces and fingerprints to track intelligence targets and suspected terrorists.
The fact that the NSA is using this software shouldn't come as a huge surprise. After all, Facebook has using facial recognition software since 2011. The NSA wouldn't be the first to use it either. A 2012 lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation showed that the FBI was also using similar technology.
This could be a really great development for the safety of American citizens…depending on how many evil doppelgängers you have, and how you feel about being chased by surveillance drones.
Andy is a graphics editor and cartoonist at Fusion.