The NSA is back in the news again. This time it’s about what they might be doing with your pictures.
According to the New York Times the NSA is gathering electronic images for its facial recognition program, which has been growing over the last four years. Houston privacy attorney Rick DeToto says this shouldn't come as a shock to you.
“That’s probably been going on for a long time. I’m pretty sure they’ve been doing that for a period of time,” DeToto told KTRH News.
But that doesn’t make DeToto feel any more comfortable about it.
“It’s pretty scary as to what they can capture and what they can do with it. It’s a private decision you need to make about your safety and security. If you’re not doing anything wrong you don’t need to worry about it,” DeToto said.
DeToto isn't concerned about the NSA having your images, but the implications of it.
“What are they doing with the information? Are they compiling it? Are they using it for political purposes? That’s where it gets stick and that’s what we have to find out,” DeToto explained.
“They could find out what type of events you’re going to. They can find out where you’re going to and who you are talking to. That could be the problem,” DeToto explained.
Normally the NSA is required to get approval from the courts in order to collect your pictures. However, if you email or text a picture to someone outside the US, the NSA may not have to worry about court approval.