We’re big fans of technology here at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Half of us are running around the office on smart phones of one sort or the other, we’re huge fans of social networking (see our twitter and facebook sites), and we’re big believers in the power of new technology to communicate and educate.
With that said, not everything is a good idea – and as we’ve talked about before, technology is increasingly – and scarily – being used to infringe upon our privacy. See our recent blog post on laptops in schools for a particularly alarming example.
Today, we learned of a new app (application) called Recognizr that allows users to take a picture of someone – and automatically gather information on that person (using their social networking presence).
It sounds cool – but just imagine how this could be abused. A stranger on the subway could take your photo and “look you up” without your ever knowing it.
The implications for privacy violation are incredible, so once again, we would urge you to be careful online – use privacy controls on social networking sites and stay tuned to the Mass Rights Blog for news regarding online privacy.
Leave your thoughts about Recognizr and other facial-recognition software in the comments section.