Of course the knee-jerk argument is that wearing masks (both digitally in offline) creates a different personality which is more willing to engage in illegal activity, but for me, a staunch Constitutionalist, that still doesn't justify making it illegal.
This is, at the bottom line, about the reduction of anonymity equally in the real world as in the digital.
One more tool of control in the belt of the oligarchy.
I do think that NIR will eventually become more important (especially for car applications) and really the main stumbling block is massive sets of training data for it.
Canada just recently criminalised the act of wearing a mask at a protest. 10 years maximum sentence. For wearing a mask. Seriously! (Nice democracy they've got goin' up there.)
Wear a surgical mask, that seems acceptable in this day and age.
It seems like most of the privacy issues at hand today are already against the law -- the problem is enforcement.
It is never too late to fight something. Everything changes with time. It might be too late for an easy victory but if you study how things change and evolve over decades you'll see that's just a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many things that people say are "inevitable" have failed and many existing trends get reversed. For a couple of recent technological ones just look at the failing of the "inevitable" SOPA, the Comcast and Time Warner merger, and net neutrality actually becoming the regulation instead of being destroyed.
If you believe you can change something you often can, if you don't believe you can change it then you definitely won't.
We should retain the right to conceal our identity in reasonable ways and governments should enact laws that protect their citizens privacy from biometric recognition technologies.
Reality. Information leaks all over the place, trying to legislate your way to privacy is like trying to bail out a boat with a fishing net. Public information is by definition public, so we could all walk around with wide brimmed hats and masks or we could be realistic about the challenges ahead.
There's a big difference in a company legally operating a facial tracking system and a company illegally operating one.
In the case of the illegal one they have to hide it, it's much harder to profit from and thus would be less widespread. In the case of the legal one they can freely advertise their services and easily setup their system anywhere that local governments don't create hurdles.
Edit: Are you going to ban cameras in public places? Facebook? Cellphones? Satellites?
There are different degrees of trust though, and I would like one with a higher degree of trust earned.