Daniel Halliday
Jun 7 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

Does face recognition technology pose a societal risk?

Surveillance cameras have long been widely spread throughout most cities, but with the advent of facial recognition software, augmented with machine learning algorithms, does this area of technology require greater public debate before this technology becomes widely used also? We are already tracked all over the internet, should we not be at liberty to decide if we want a society where all corners of the public sphere are covered by security cameras scanning people’s faces? What are the risks and benefits of facial recognition technology and should there be some form of debate before it becomes ubiquitous?
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There are also inherent racial biases
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There desperately needs to be public debate on this moving forward
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Yes, the grey issue of consent

This technology is already being used around the world and is seeing an increase in integrated use in modern devices, unlocking your phone is a good example. So facial recognition technology may be an inescapable fact of the future, but people should be more worried about how private companies use facial and personal information gleaned from recognition software without consent. Some of the biggest tech companies in the world currently sell their user's data, hiding consent disclaimers in the usage terms and conditions so that you automatically give consent by using their services. But there is no consent given with facial recognition, so a debate is badly needed around these issues before facial recognition technology is rolled out further.

theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/04/facial-recognition-technology-identity-tesco-ethical-issues threatpost.com/facial-recognition-consent-doesnt-exist-threatpost-poll-finds/144126

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No, it will change society for the better

Facial recognition software may lead to a society being a much safer place, and may help address some of the racial profiling problems currently effecting policing in many countries worldwide, where a machine will fairly judge a persons face without inherent racial bias. Current problems with accurately recognising certain races will be negligible as algorithms are fed better data in the future, negating the need to rely on a police officer’s profiling ability altogether. This will increase security, and minimise the cost of security, posing a huge benefit to society at large, especially in times of international terror attacks, all of which make the adoption of this technology seem inevitable. The main debate around facial recognition is in essence the debate of privacy vs security, but judging by most people’s gladness to share information about themselves online publicly nowadays, most people would probably be ok with losing some anonymity for the sake of security.

upwork.com/hiring/for-clients/pros-cons-facial-recognition-technology-business reason.com/2013/07/25/giving-up-liberty-for-security kentsecurity.com/facial-recognition-technology-changing-world

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There are also inherent racial biases

Facial recognition software that uses Artificial Intelligence poses a risk to marginalised communities, as women and ethnic minorities often throw up irregularities in results. Currently black women can still not be recognised by AI facial recognition, so the use of this technology in law enforcement and security matters may marginalise vulnerable people that are under-represented in society already. This may also lead to a frightening reality of mistaken identities leading to mistaken deaths or disaster, for example cases such as that of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was profiled by London’s Metropolitan Police in 2005, he was mistakenly thought to be a suicide bomber and shot. If you have people following orders from machines that have inherent biases, problems like police bias, racial profiling and errors involving casualty are going to be all the more worse and common.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7764882.stm veridiumid.com/blog/racial-profiling-and-biometrics

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There desperately needs to be public debate on this moving forward

Taking such sensitive biometric data without consent is almost like finger prints or DNA swabs being taken without knowledge or consent as a person is walking around in a public area, however with this technology this will be occurring in real time to everyone in the vicinity of the cameras. Police are currently using this technology in cities in the UK and China without any public debate on the issues of purpose, governance, intrusion, oppression, or even the ethics and efficacy of machine learning technology. All of these risks posed by facial recognition software have led to a ban in San Francisco despite the city being the long term heart of technological development; other cities should follow suit as we should all be allowed to decide what direction technology takes our respective societies in.

nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/facial-recognition-ban-san-francisco.html

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