The Ethics of Facial Recognition Technology
Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics ed. Carissa Véliz.
32 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2021
Date Written: January 7, 2021
This is a comprehensive presentation of leading ethical issues in debates about facial recognition technology. After defining basic terms (facial detection, facial characterization, facial verification, and facial identification), the following issues are discussed: standards, measures, and disproportionately distributed harms; erosions of trust; ethical harms associated with perfect facial surveillance; alienation, dehumanization, and loss of control; and the slippery slope debate.
Keywords: facial recognition technology, privacy, civil liberties, ethics, slippery slope, trust, standards, disproportionate harms, alienation, loss of control
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