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Michael Rogers: NSA Uses Facial Recognition Tech to Combat Terrorism

Vice Adm Michael Rogers (1)The National Security Agency has been using face-recognition tools to collect foreign intelligence as well as to fight terrorism, according to NSA Director Michael Rogers, FCW reported Wednesday.

FCW reports that Rogers added the agency does not use the technology against U.S. citizens and ensures it stays within legal boundaries when it gathers information about a specific person.

“If we have to do anything involving a U.S. person, we have specific legal constraints we must comply with,” he told audience at a Bloomberg Government event Tuesday in Washington.

“We just don’t unilaterally decide, Hey, today I’m going to go after Citizen X, Y or Z.”

He believes the technology could aid in NSA programs to bring terrorists to justice and prevent adversaries from conducting attacks on the U.S. and allies, according to FCW.

“These algorithms are used around the world to detect duplicates in databases, fraudulent applications for passports and driving licenses, in token-less access control, surveillance, social media tagging, lookalike discovery and criminal investigations,” said Patrick Grother, a biometric researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to the report.

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