Earlier this year Facebook came under fire from both privacy advocates and the United States Senate over its implementation of facial recognition technology. The Facebook system is designed to recognize individuals to offer up suggestions for tagging photosostensibly to entice people to engage more on the social network.
At senate hearings investigating Facebooks use of facial recognition technology, the FBI offered its own perspective on the risks and value of facial recognition. Senator Al Franken, however, expressed concerns that such a system could be abused by law enforcement or government agencies to identify protesters or participants of political rallies.
A system like NGI is a double-edged sword. Most people would agree that a system that helps law enforcement locate and identify suspects and known criminals more efficiently is a good thing. However, the law abiding citizens of the United States are generally opposed to having the government monitor their every move.
The trick is finding a balance that helps the FBI or other agencies use technology to work more effectively, without infringing on the privacy or Constitutional rights of average citizens at the same time.