This story seems to have gotten lost in the larger shuffle, but the NYT published a major story this weekend. The NSA is collecting millions of images for a facial recognition program.
The NPR article has an overview and a link to the NYT article. The photos come from e-mails, texts, social media, videoconferences and other digital sources. It also seems that law enforcement is being encouraged to create or access programs using facial recognition and/or other biometric data.
This should trouble all of us. In the article you can read of concerns of the reliability of facial recognition. Please make note that photos are also being linked to other data about the person. Doesn't anyone else find this even a bit chilling?
So when is enough spying enough? Will we ever be able to reign in such intrusions? Will our voices be heard? I'm not sure but I really hope so.