What you need to know about face surveillance

12 min Source: TEDxCAMBRIDGE SALON NOV 2019
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Facial recognition technology can’t be effective/y regulated, which has serious implications regarding privacy in democratic societies.



This article on face recognition technology makes the following points:

  • First, people do care about privacy.

  • It’s not secrecy but allowing the individual to decide how much of their information should be public.

  • Facial recognition technology takes surveillance to a new level by creating records that are difficult to delete.

  • Unfettered surveillance is like the Panopticon Prison; the state can monitor every aspect of life.

  • Nearly all technology can be hacked, so Internet surveillance of you and your property might result in your home being burgled.

  • There is potential for technology to make mistakes such as a bad facial recognition match leading to a wrongful arrest.

  • Facial recognition technology needs genuinely independent oversight and regulation

  • There is nearly always a risk of bias or corruption, which has implications for how data collected might be used.

  • Currently, mobile phones can track movement, but we can choose not to carry a phone.