Facing Up to Facial Surveillance
7 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2019
Date Written: December 7, 2019
The use of biometrics for security — relying on the uniqueness of your face, fingerprint, or iris — offers the prospect of a world without passwords to remember or identity cards to show. Facial recognition, in particular, is fast, contactless, and able to identify multiple people at the same time. These benefits could smooth movement through passport control or keep a vigilant eye out for known criminals. Yet those same qualities could also enable mass surveillance on an unprecedented scale. It is not too late to impose limits on how facial recognition is used. Unfortunately, it may also be too early.
Keywords: Collingridge Dilemma, facial recognition, surveillance, privacy, data protection, artificial intelligence
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