ICBC's offer to let police use its new photo database of B.C. drivers to identify rioters from images circulating online opens an alarming new chapter of anti-privacy surveillance, according to the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Policy analyst Micheal Vonn said it's "deeply disturbing" the facial recognition software ICBC uses mainly to detect driver's licence and insurance fraud may quickly be put to other police purposes.
"We are in a new world because of the amount of information that was collected through social media and the ability to run that information through population-level biometric databases," she said.
"Your face itself – recorded anywhere in public space – will now be traceable to your identity..."