Facing Up to Facial Surveillance

7 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2019

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Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, Facing Up to Facial Surveillance (December 7, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498775 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3498775

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