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Your Facebook selfies could end up in a police surveillance database

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When you post a picture to Facebook, it’s not just your friends and grandma who can see it — police are increasingly using social media to identify suspects through controversial facial recognition technology.

Anyone with a driver’s license is already included in databases used by police agencies to identify potential suspects. Social media pictures are also being fed to facial recognition software, bringing the debate over surveillance technology into new territory. Anyone who has their privacy settings set to “public” should expect law enforcement to have access to their profile.

If you post a photo to Facebook and make it available to the public at large, you should assume it’s been grabbed by many people,” said Eric Goldman, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University.

The expansion of police surveillance is raising serious concerns about its impact on online privacy and marginalized communities. It’s also…

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