Saving Face: Law Enforcement Must Recognize Pitfalls of Facial Technology Recognition

Facial recognition technology provides a powerful tool for efforts to identify international terrorist groups and activities. Domestic use of the same technology for law enforcement purposes has generated a widespread call for regulation.

This technology can identify people’s faces and understand expressions which infringes on a core social space, more so than tracking online data. There is concern that use of facial recognition can threaten constitutional rights including racial and gender equality, freedom of speech and assembly, and the ability of the press to operate without the threat of retribution.

Currently, facial recognition algorithms are only as good as the data upon which they are based. To protect the public, it is vital that regulators establish strong and flexible safety standards. Using European standards as a model, the United States should adopt guidelines that will help build public trust by establishing limits on its use.

Summarized from The Hill

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