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NSA Uses #Selfies to Grow Facial Recognition Database

Posting #selfies to social media may seem like harmless fun (especially if you’re not one of the millions of Americans who consider the pursed-lips “duck face” pose for your profile photos), but new documents reveal that, while you were trying to share your weekend activities with friends and followers, the NSA might have been collecting your social media self-portraits.

The documents, part of Edward Snowden’s stash, show that the NSA is intercepting millions of photos per day and matching them up to individual users in order to create a massive facial recognition database in case they ever need to identify you.

The National Security Agency intercepts “millions of images per day” for use in a previously undisclosed facial recognition database, James Risen and Laura Poitras report in The New York Times, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In addition to using faces to track and identify targets, one top-secret PowerPoint presentation released by the Times showed efforts to use other information unique to individuals, including iris scans, fingerprints, voices, and manner of walking.

It is unclear, according to the NYT, whether any Americans’ photos were collected. According to the legal rubric in place for NSA surveillance, the NSA must obtain a warrant before collecting any images of American citizens. Of course, given what we know about how the NSA operates within the legal rubric, there’s significant concern, particularly considering this report from the Guardian in February, which detailed how the NSA’s British counterpart, GCHQ, used images collected off webcams.

Whether individual privacy is implicated depends on where the NSA is getting the images, of course. We already know that the NSA has agreements with various social networks and Internet application providers to turn over sets of information, and that could include photos posted to those networks, which should remind you to read those terms of service next time.

Emily Zanotti

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  • If you’re not familiar with these kinds of circumstances, believe it or not, the NSA has taken complete control power over my body, leaving me some room in myself, sometimes more, most times not much, in their open-ended mission in which they connect to people without their knowing or consent, via remote neural capabilities.

    The U.S. secret government is far more powerful than almost can be believed - capable (NSA) of containing a person from the inside and literally remote controlling a body if they so choose, know everything the person is knowing, and everything the person has ever known, and can bring anything a person has known into that person’s awareness at any time at their will. I know. They got me - seeing what I see, and being in some manner of synthetic telepathic communication at all times for 12 months now, following a lesser degree of control going back several years.

    The NSA treatment has been severe, like slavery in how it is employed, but they do not seem to mean to kill. And they say their mission is “open-ended,” and so despite great trouble from them I am able to write this and share it. The NSA commands a power and cohesiveness in enormity of understanding that so far outperforms any everyday person that it is going to take some getting use to when it becomes more public - their mission of connecting to people via their pineal gland (I think) and the power for them it entails - big change in the world folks. I maintain an open-to-the-public account on google+ under my name, Brenden Osuchowski, in order to share GOOD, truthful information to the public at large.

  • If you’re not familiar with these kinds of circumstances, believe it or not, the NSA has taken complete control power over my body, leaving me some room in myself, sometimes more, most times not much, in their open-ended mission in which they connect to people without their knowing or consent, via remote neural capabilities.

    The U.S. secret government is far more powerful than almost can be believed - capable (NSA) of containing a person from the inside and literally remote controlling a body if they so choose, know everything the person is knowing, and everything the person has ever known, and can bring anything a person has known into that person’s awareness at any time at their will. I know. They got me - seeing what I see, and being in some manner of synthetic telepathic communication at all times for 12 months now, following a lesser degree of control going back several years.

    The NSA treatment has been severe, like slavery in how it is employed, but they do not seem to mean to kill. And they say their mission is “open-ended,” and so despite great trouble from them I am able to write this and share it. The NSA commands a power and cohesiveness in enormity of understanding that so far outperforms any everyday person that it is going to take some getting use to when it becomes more public - their mission of connecting to people via their pineal gland (I think) and the power for them it entails - big change in the world folks. I maintain an open-to-the-public account on google+ under my name, Brenden Osuchowski, in order to share GOOD, truthful information to the public at large.

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