Don’t stare over there?
According to technology giants such as Apple and Amazon, facial recognition technology is the way of the future. We can now see the use of this technology increase, as it is accessible via everyday items such as a mobile phone.
Although an exciting technological progression, facial recognition software has been highly controversial, especially regarding it’s lack of accuracy.
Amazon has their own facial recognition software known as Rekognition. This is supplied to police forces in the US to assist in identifying criminals. However, this has been criticised by civil liberty groups as being unethical due to evidence proving that facial recognition software is not always accurate.
This can pose security risks for the average person and can be detrimental to the reputation of the police department, if they are seen to be misusing technology.
Who me? Couldn’t be, then who?
Following on from prior analysis, a civil liberties group known as Privacy International have argued that facial recognition software should not be used by police departments as they have overwhelming evidence of false positives. This was evident in their finding with two separate UK police units with overwhelming figures of more than 90% of false positives.
Despite facial recognition being an innovative invention, there is concern about how this will be used. A civil liberties lawyer in the US, Matt Cagle is concerned about misuse of the software. He states that it can be used as spy material for neighbourhoods, to target protesters and immigrants. This raises the question as to whether we, as civilians, have the choice to decide what type of technology we have access to and what will be used against us.
Not all negative
Nevertheless, facial recognition technology is not all negative. China is reported to be a big fan of this technological advance and claim to not have an issue with it. In addition, there is also proof that facial recognition has been useful in tracking individuals guilty of terrorism acts.
Needless to say, AI technology is becoming more popular with tech firms and consumers are rapidly adjusting to the ever changing technological climate. It is not currently our decision to decipher how technology is used against us but hopefully, there will, be more of a discussion surrounding this topic as popularity grows.