Eyes Everywhere: The Growing Resistance To Ubiquitous Facial Recognition

Police, tech giants and retail stores all use facial recognition to match faces caught on camera with names and identities. But accuracy and privacy concerns are fueling a backlash.

By Shelly BrisbinAugust 6, 2020 7:10 am, ,

Facial recognition technology is everywhere. It’s used by police, immigration officials and businesses to match faces with identities, whether on the street, at a border checkpoint or in a store. But the deployment of such software raises red flags for civil liberties advocates, especially since the tool’s accuracy has come into question

Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard that big tech companies like Facebook employ facial recognition software on their platforms, but it’s also used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies who compare photos in driver’s license databases to images of people they encounter. 

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Whether facial recognition technology is accurate

– Which governments have taken steps to address the growing use of facial recognition tools in their countries

– How a new software program could help people to thwart recognition tools

– What the pandemic means for facial recognition

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