Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Give my face back

        Facial Recognition System Controversies: Digging the Roots
Why does it seem like the whole world is suddenly against facial recognition systems? After all, they have been here for some time now, but it seems that we are just waking up to see that they don’t sit down well with us.
You might have been wondering about these too. Between all the legal talk and technical jargon, it is easy to miss the truth of the argument. Not us, though – and we have simplified the reasons behind those facial recognition legal battles for you below.

1 Privacy
You don’t want to have someone tracking you all around when you are going about your daily chores, would you?
That seems to be the biggest problem to have reared its ugly head in the facial recognition debate. Here, we have guilty parties such as companies, that store on the corner and even the government itself.
These entities have cameras and systems in place that track the faces of people everywhere they go. When the police are involved, they have the resources and backing to even track a single person across the city. That leaves room for stalking, extreme targeting, and unlawful surveillance of a person. 
This is also not the point to argue that no one should fear being monitored if they have done nothing wrong. Everyone has a right to their privacy and turning this tech on us that way stripping them of that privacy.

2 Data Security
Consider the number of faces that the facial recognition system has to capture, map out, and store every day. If the figures don’t scare you yet, wait till you recall that the FBI was found to have more than 640 million faces and photos on its database. 
That is an amazing number of faces for just one person to keep. We doubt if the many-faced god from GOT even had that much in its library.
The concern here is how this data is stored to ensure it is not tampered with. After all, while everyone has the right to the faces on their necks, they don’t have control over how the digital version of that face is being used once it has been captured. 
With the world moving towards facial recognition as a security sign-in tool, a breach of such systems will cause serious problems in the future.

3 Consent
The biggest issue here is that of consent.
You are subjecting people to something that you have not asked their opinion of, so expect that they will kick back at you. Just walk into an airport., turn that street corner or into the store and your face is already the subject of interest. 
Even though the system is contactless, it does not take away the fact that it seems the essence of your being is constantly robbed from you.
This is why the people will be happy with the facial recognition systems that they have on their phones but would not want their city to implement one. That is simply because they granted consent to their phones, but the city is wanting to force it on them.

4 Profiling
A report on the police in Toronto, Canada, shows that they are using facial recognition tech to identify potential threats in society. 
Now, this can be interpreted in several ways.
First, what makes someone a potential threat? No matter how we look at it, AI cannot be used to predict crime – at least not yet. Thus, using facial recognition this way might soon lead to abuse of diverse sorts.
Under that canopy of abuse would be the targeting of minority groups in the society, harassment of law-abiding citizens, and more. Those are just too extreme to be allowed to fester in the community anyway.

So, that’s the reason why the world seems to be turning on the wrongful deployment of these systems. 
It is not that we do not see the benefits and potentials of facial recognition systems – of which there are many. It is that we care about our privacy and security more than the promise of convenience that the advocates for this technology are trying to sell the world on.

>> This is a collab post made by TechWarn.com, check their website for more interesting articles about new technologies.

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