NSA gathers millions of photos each day
June 2 , 2014
The media reports indicate that the NSA is gathering images and using facial-recognition software in order to identity them.
Edward Snowden's recently leaked documents show that millions of images are collected in a day, out of which about 55,000 are good for facial recognition. One NSA spokeswoman mentioned that the agency doesn't take them from passport photos or licenses, but from social media, videoconferences, text messages, and e-mails. She didn't say as to whether or not social media websites were involved.
The debate regarding facial recognition was initially brought up when Facebook started using automatic tagging in 2011.