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Facial recognition technology has quickly moved from science fiction to reality. Over the past few years, companies have been racing to release facial recognition products. You can now unlock your phone, board a plane, and enter your home without lifting a finger. Governments, too, have been quick to chase the facial recognition trend. Law enforcement agencies around the world have begun deploying invasive and controversial monitoring products. '
We are living in a world where technology knows our faces, whether we choose to interact with it or not. Depending on whom you ask, the future is ether full of possibility or utterly terrifying.
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The potential applications for facial recognition appear almost endless. It can identify individuals without requiring them to knowingly interact with the technology. It can allow for new levels of data analysis, understanding, and personalization. On the market we have homes that can recognize their owners and open doors, parents can monitor their children at day-camp, and search engines that can match photographs from the web. In theory, they can help identify criminals, enable us to seamlessly login to our devices, and automatically organize our photo collections.
However, without regulation, they may contribute to the erosion of your privacy. At the Black Hat security conference researchers demonstrated a unique way to bypass Face ID authentication. As detailed by ThreatPost, one of the flaws of Face ID is that if you’re wearing glasses, the feature does not “extract 3D information from the eye area when it recognizes the glasses.” Nonetheless, this is a very different attack than what other Face ID bypasses have highlighted. We’ve seen examples of cybersecurity experts beating Face ID with masks, while there are also some issues with twins and siblings.
However, there are even deeper problems with facial recognition, going beyond its inability to perform the very task that its backers recommend it for. Facial recognition technology has been repeatedly found to be discriminatory. Repeated experiments, conducted across the globe, have found that facial surveillance technologies show racial and gender biases: they are better at recognising features of whites, and of males, and more prone to error when it comes to women, or people with dark skins.
What do you think, with so much development and so little regulation, could facial recognition technologies spell the end of individual privacy?
Facial Recognition: Enhanced Security Feature or Privacy Threat?
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