Sen. Franken concerned about facial recognition apps and privacy

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 5:28 AM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is demanding answers from the makers of an app who claim it can scan strangers’ faces and pull up information about them.

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honeybooFeb. 8, 14 6:43 PM

60th vote on Obamacare. Worry about fixing that, first, Al.

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gopherguts57Feb. 8, 14 6:48 PM

Al - how about worrying about job creation rather than facial recognition!!

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tntattersFeb. 8, 14 7:45 PM

What would happen if that software were to scan Al's face? Whoa! Yes Al, be very concerned.

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tnesleyFeb. 8, 14 8:32 PM

I am kinda worried about the run away deficit spending and job creation.

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braxozFeb. 8, 14 9:39 PM

And everyone's worried about government intrusion into our lives and privacy.

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braxozFeb. 8, 14 9:41 PM

honeyboo Feb. 8, 14 6:43 PM 60th vote on Obamacare. Worry about fixing that, first, Al. _____________ Every one of those 60 votes was the 60th vote. It passed, it's the law. Live with it.

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sdsf51Feb. 9, 14 7:27 AM

“FacialNetwork.com, which makes the app, says it will allow people to decide whether their name and information are displayed.” Question! How will people know they’ve been scanned? “The app also will allow users to screen service providers who enter their homes and scan people against a database of registered sex offenders, said its creator, Kevin Alan Tussy.” Question! What will prevent said sex offender from using the technology to easily find out where some potential victim he/she sees on the street or any public area lives. The posters thru 2/8/14 @ 9:41 seem more interested in taking shots at Sen. Franken than worrying about the dangers this technology poses. I hope he gets a lot of support for what he wants to do.

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formergopFeb. 9, 14 8:35 AM

Cool app. But someone would use it in away not meant. What if they walked up to kid who was on face book or something. They could befriend them and kidnap them.

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DoonsieFeb. 9, 14 8:50 AM

So, what's to keep a sex offender from exempting himself from the system then.

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localguyFeb. 9, 14 8:59 AM

Privacy is a 21st century problem that too few people are taking seriously because they don't realize that THEIR privacy will be violated, too. Franken is a leader in protecting our rights to privacy. It's sad that some people hate him so much that they're willing to give up this right just because he's the Senator who's working to protect it.

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