90 Miles From Tyranny : NOTICE: Facebook And Google Indexing Your Firearm Serial Numbers

Thursday, October 24, 2019

NOTICE: Facebook And Google Indexing Your Firearm Serial Numbers



Google and Facebook have now made it possible to find photos of firearms by simply typing a serial number into the search box. Earlier today, the automotive website Jalopnik published a story showing how license plate numbers are evidently scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) on Google images, allowing them to be searchable using text queries. Using the OCR hypothesis, TFB wondered if this image data mining technique might be able to be used to search for firearm serial numbers. Using images posted previously on TFB with serial numbers displayed on firearms, we tested the serial number search technique. As you can see from the results below, firearm serial numbers are in fact part of this apparent large-scale data mining operation by companies like Google and Facebook.

It appears Google, with the help of Facebook, is archiving this information and making it easier to aggregate. In order to further test this theory, I tried a different serial number, this time from a silencer review. Placing the search term in quotes, Google is forced to search for only that specific...

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2 comments:

capt fast said...

every day I am told that someone is going to get outed and indicted for crimes of this and that in the political intelligence or justice arena. and it doesn't happen. or that this or that report is to be made public and it doesn't happen. or that this or that politician is going to be impeached and it doesn't happen. or that this or that politician did what not and the facts never come out let alone the truth.
and you have the gall to wonder why we are on the verge of a civil war.

ruralcounsel said...

Time to put tape over your firearms' serial numbers so they don't show up in photos. Just like you put tape over your laptop's camera so someone can't hack in and activate without you knowing.