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NSA says it's not collecting images of US citizens for facial recognition

NSA says it's not collecting images of US citizens for facial recognition
Billy Steele
Billy Steele|June 3, 2014 3:18 PM

Over the weekend, reports surfaced on the NSA using facial recognition to scan the web and match faces with intelligence data -- thanks to another Edward Snowden leak. Today, Admiral Mike Rodgers, the head of the organization, denied collecting images of folks in the US on the regular. While Rogers did admit that efforts used the tech to obtain more info on intelligence and counterterrorism targets abroad, he explained "We do not do this on some unilateral basis against US citizens." Unless a said citizens are part of an on-going investigation, online snapshots are said to remain out of the NSA's crosshairs. Not surprisingly, Rogers didn't go into much detail, but he did say that reports of the security agency searching through driver's license photo libraries were inaccurate.

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NSA says it's not collecting images of US citizens for facial recognition