Can Facial Recognition be Dangerous?
FACIAL RECOGNITION – In 2017, our faces are more html than biological.
New facial recognition software can do everything from pinpointing your ethnicity, to your emotions and even predicting what you will do next.
As biometric technology becomes more sophisticated, governments and private companies have been building tools for identifying people using their faces, voices, irises and other unique signatures. However, there is very little oversight of these systems, leaving them open to misuse.
Facial recognition, human analytics and emotion analyzer company Kairos believes the lack of regulation comes from the undefined power of biometric facial recognition.
“We are not comfortable with the lack of regulation,” said founder Brian Brackeen, whose company helps movie studios and ad agencies study emotional responses.
He said that his facial recognition system is now so good at recognizing races. “It’s coming back with the percentages of race the person is,” he said, mentioning someone who came up 12% Asian despite being Jamaican.
“Oh, I have a Chinese grandmother,” she said, according to Brackeen.
In the government sector, the FBI has access to a database with almost half a billion images that it uses for identification purposes. Some of those are photos collected for criminal or law enforcement purposes, but others come from companies that do background checks for jobs. The FBI also has access to the state department passport and visa databases, which can be cross-referenced with photos of criminal suspects.
Images of faces are protected personal information under US law. The Privacy Act of 1974 limits the collection, disclosure and use of personal information and requires agencies to disclose what kinds they are using, generally about whom and how.
Critics argue there is a need to disclose public information on how and when these databases are being used.
In Consumer News
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly use facial recognition technology to unlock your phone in 0.01 seconds.
In addition to the previously rumored iris scanner and fingerprint reader – Samsung’s upcoming flagship device will also feature boosted face recognition, adding another layer of biometric security.
With this technology amid a consumer boom, Apple’s patent also hints facial recognition and 3D selfies coming to their iPhone 8
The technology breaks down images in smaller “windows” and proceeds to select one or more locations inside the image to “test for presence of human faces.” The method leverages depth information to make the overall process more accurate and less intensive.