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Many foreign nation states might have access to like, 500x400 pixel photos of people. Not 12 megapixel direct front selfie camera taken photos, where the person is intentionally trying to get the highest quality photo possible.

You don't really need high res for face recognition. In fact, the high frequencies are probably noise that you'd want to remove with a low-pass filter.

You are assuming that high resolution details of a face have value in a world where surveillance doesn't capture faces in high resolution.

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