Facial Recognition: A Privacy Crisis

Your face is what makes you unique. It’s what gives you your distinct appearance, allows you to express your mood, emotions, and reactions, and enables you to communicate. Over the past decades, your face has become a tool for doing a whole lot more. It can unlock your phone, allow you to board a plane, cross borders, and pay for coffee. All of this is due to the rise of facial recognition technology (FRT), a type of artificial intelligence that utilizes deep learning to quantify the unique identifiers of individual faces, which are then analyzed and compared to databases of photos. While FRT has distinct advantages – such as crime and fraud prevention, efficiency, and convenience – the risks that accompany its widespread use signal the end of privacy as we know it. Yet governments around the world have been slow to initiate public debate and enact regulation pertaining to its use. All the while, FRT has proliferated both in the public and private sectors, resulting in the normalization of constant, immutable surveillance that is set to become the default for our future: one in which – without urgent government action – our ability to move through life unmonitored will cease to exist.

Source : The Privacy Issue

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