dstiles - 8:49 pm on Jun 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
> what Google does could easily be used by the government
What makes you think this is not already happening?
This week's reports about National Security Agency’s covert cell-phone and email data collection surveillance programs (verizon was named but since the orders include "gagging" orders, how many other large data companies comply quietly?); "outing" of secret court surveilance orders on US and "foreign" individuals without cause (gagging orders ditto); orders from USA-based companies to their UK/Euro subsidiaries to release data from their UK/EU-based Clouds for gov processing (which is illegal but hey! the fines are minimal). And gmail is certainly not exempt.
What worries me is that I am FORCED to use googleapis in order to pay for services I need. Is my data (including credit cards) also a) being fed to feds and b) likely to be hacked into due to lax security? The cloud is in danger of being hacked and once in the lot is accessible.
There is also, this week, an inquiry into Huwaei (sp?) equipment being installed in UK (BT) telecoms centers. The Chinese company has been accused several times of having backdoors in their equipment whence they can acquire sensitive data. The Chinese retaliate in general terms to accusations of hacking by pointing out the US gov uses illegal botnets to try to break into their country's secrets.
I shall be glad when I can log off of 90% of the internet - or better still, 100% and disconnect the phone.
On the original topic: I doubt face-identification is a valid security method anyway, even if people were willing to comply. Two methods proposed (quite seriously) this week were electronic tatoos and an electronic pill that one swallowed - gods know how one would get a read-out from that, to say nothing of short-term "throughput".
A lot of the so-called secure identification ideas include mandatory SMS or other "advanced" phone connections: how is a mobile-phone-less individual like me ever going to be identified? When I tried to change banks a few years ago I was told I would need a) a passport (not got one); b) a bus pass (ditto); or c) a gun license (presumably so I could force them to issue me an account at gunpoint). No mention of birth certificates, length of residence in country (life-time) or other realistice means.
Let G play face-games. Let them try to distinguish between five panthers at a face-painting (look into this gadget so your face can ratify your payment). When it gets that bad, I'm off.