Think facial recognition technology is scary?
Sure, for the average person it is, but it's the cutting-edge technology when it comes to fighting crime. Case in point: The FBI just used facial recognition to nab a fugitive on the run for the last 14 years.
Neil Stammer was arrested for child sex abuse in 1999 and fled the country, leading feds on a game of cat and mouse.
According to police reports, Stammer speaks nearly a dozen languages, so when he fled the country using false papers, it left law enforcement with few clues as to where he might be. The case languished for 14 years until this January, when a new facial recognition system found a face that matched Stammer's. The Diplomatic Security Service had his face on file under the name Kevin Hodges, thanks to a recent visa application to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. The DSS contacted the FBI, and a few months later Stammer was in custody.
The photos used to catch Stammer were simple passport photos. In those photos, Stammer is directly in front of the cameras and looking forward. That's the jackpot for the FBI technology.
Facial recognition technology is certainly making headway into the forefront of digital technology. Click here to learn everything you need to know about it.