February 05, 2012, 11:35 AM —
A few days ago I wrote a post asking whether Facebook was actively helping law enforcement track down bad guys using facial recognition technology. (The answer: Not really.)
I had to publish it before I got a response from Eben Moglen, the Columbia law professor and privacy advocate who inspired the post in the first place by telling New York Observer reporter Adrianne Jeffries that Facebook’s PhotoDNA technology was used “to find people for whom any law enforcement agency in the world is looking.”
Two things. First, I misspelled Moglen’s name (with an i instead of an e). So that’s embarrassing. Second: Moglen did get back to me after my post appeared and offered the following statement as a response.