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Facial recognition prompts privacy concerns


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  It's possible that technology is advancing so far that soon someone may be able to access your private information right in the palm of their hand.

Facial recognition has made it easier for law enforcement to prevent crime, but what happens when it's used in social media?

Sen. Al Franken hosted a hearing Wednesday afternoon to voice the concerns on the rapidly advancing technology and the potential privacy risks it creates.

He addressed the fact that law enforcement and the DMV can utilize this technology if they have someone in mind. That means many if not most citizens are likely a part of some kind of facial recognition database

Then Franken pinpointed Facebook. The social networking site likely holds the largest privately held collection of face prints in the world, with more than $800 million users.

As if Facebook couldn't get anymore in your face, last month the company acquired Face.com a firm that develops facial recognition technology. The software recognizes faces, suggesting friends to tag in photos that users upload.

Now the question is how far can that go before privacy is overreached: are laws going to come into place to restrict certain things?

The intelligence is there and soon we may be seeing people being able to take out their smart phone, snap a picture of someone and have their private information or history in real time.

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