Facial recognition: What's in a face? (Agence France-Presse) - July 5, 2019 - 10:26am PARIS, France — Supporters of the technology argue that facial recognition systems can help police fight crime and make the streets safer. Rights groups have raised concerns because of the technology's reliance on huge databases with little oversight and potential for error. Facial recognition is a biometric technology used to authenticate or identify an individual from a photograph or a facial image. — AFP/Jonathan Renaud De La Faverie and Jonathan Storey … [Read more...] about Facial recognition: What’s in a face?
Facial recognition ethical issues
RIGHTS DEFENDERS raised concerns yesterday over the move to force all |cellphone users in the restive South to submit their pictures for facial-recognition identification. Those who fail to do so by October 31 would have their cellphone service blocked. “The use of facial-recognition technology risks violating people’s privacy and freedom. It also mean users could be discriminated against,” the Cross Cultural Foundation said yesterday. The foundation says telecom firms might have decided to collect the pictures of cellphone users in the deep South in response to a policy of security agencies that has led to racial profiling. “Racial profiling may lead to the arrest and prosecution of the innocent,” the foundation added. The deep South refers to the predominantly Muslim Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces and also four border districts of Songkhla, namely Chana, Na Thawi, Saba Yoi and Thepha. These areas have been hit by … [Read more...] about Facial recognition push in South raises rights concern
Facial recognition has inserted itself into our everyday lives — most notably through Face ID on our iPhones, as well as security systems at immigration checkpoints around the world. As a concept, biometric identification is a not-so-futuristic notion that has long been explored in films, books, and television. Essentially, it involves using your own biological (and sometimes behavioural, or physiological) features to confirm identity: think voice identification, fingerprint and retina scanning, and of course, full facial recognition. In Minority Report, Tom Cruise famously gets a pair of black market eyeballs to replace his own peepers. Many science fiction movies use biometric identification to enforce power and order: think Robocop, Judge Dredd, various Terminators, District 9, and even The Fifth Element — all of which showed how law enforcement uses DNA-encoded weapons, facial scanning and matching, and other types of biological or behavioural identification. Even as … [Read more...] about Facial recognition tech is creepy, convenient, and here to stay
SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco on Tuesday became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and cameras to positively identify people is, as city councillor Aaron Peskin put it, “not ready for prime time”. All but one of the nine members of San Francisco’s board of supervisors endorsed the legislation, which will be voted on again next week in a procedural step not expected to change the outcome. “The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring,“ read the legislation passed Tuesday. The ban was part of broader legislation setting use and auditing policy for surveillance systems, creating high hurdles and requiring board approval … [Read more...] about San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police
By Matt O'Brien And Janie Har The Associated Press Mon., May 13, 2019 San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on broad surveillance legislation that includes the ban. Facial recognition technology is not new and has been used to run headshots through databases in search of suspects and to prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools that make it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or a protester in a crowd. Supporters of a ban say the technology poses a severe threat to civil rights. Opponents of a ban say police need tools to catch criminals. Article Continued Below Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star TOP STORIES, DELIVERED … [Read more...] about San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition