The Ethics of Facial Recognition Technology

Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics ed. Carissa Véliz.

32 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2021

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Evan Selinger

Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy

Brenda Leong

Luminos.Law

Date Written: January 7, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Selinger, Evan and Leong, Brenda, The Ethics of Facial Recognition Technology (January 7, 2021). Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics ed. Carissa Véliz. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3762185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3762185

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