- 08.22.13 10:09 AM EDT
New disclosed documents show that the US is working on technology for cameras that can scan crowds and recognize individuals by their facial features. The program, called BOSS (Biometric Optical Surveillance System), is still under development, but it's already begun to alarm privacy advocates.
The goal is to create a program that could cross-reference faces spotted in a crowd on cameras with a security watch list, tech that would have all kinds of uses, from helping police find terrorist suspects in Times Square to helping security find cheaters in casinos.
The program was initially under development by the military before getting transfered over the to Department of Homeland Security.