We recently remarked on the quiet intensification of our surveillance society and the F.B.I.’s increasing role therein. But this is getting ridiculous.
New Jersey has banned smiling in driver’s license photos. No, that’s not a misprint – the Garden State will no longer allow people to smile for their driver licenses.
It interferes, you see, with the F.B.I.’s facial recognition software. As well as the new FR software that New jersey recently implemented to “catch fraudsters.”
In case you were thinking to yourself, “Hey, It’s New Jersey for cryin’ out lout. Ain’t that the place where that lil’
idiot attention whore has her stoopid show? Of course they’re doing stoopid shit back there…”, try again. New Jersey is not an outlier: four other states 1 have already adopted FR software.
And, of course, the F.B.I. is offering their software to ALL states…for free.
Several other states are now joining the initiative. “MOUs [Memorandums of understanding] have also been executed with Hawaii and Maryland, and South Carolina, Ohio and New Mexico are engaged in the MOU review process for facial recognition pilot participation. Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Nebraska and Missouri are also interested in facial recognition pilot participation,” Pender said
Inch by inch, step by step, slowly the State turns on us…