Facial recognition - Do you agree?

Facial recognition technologies are rejected by consumers.

As the security of information and our lives, our access and so on (we have never heard so much about information security as in the last few days), it is very important, I share this beautiful article about facial recognition. Are you for or against it? We will comment on the matter.

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According to a survey released by GlobalData, 53% of respondents said they opposed the use of facial recognition systems by security agencies

At the same time that there is a certain 'hello-hello' in the use of facial recognition, especially in countries where public security is among the main concerns, such as in Brazil, negative reactions to the dissemination of this technology are advancing.

The survey has a small sample of 644 respondents, but it illustrates how facial recognition is something that divides opinions. More than that, it suggests that resistance to this type of biometric technology advances to the same extent as the spread of its use.

There are reasons for this. Since, even in 2018, one of several facial recognition tools incorrectly identified 28 US congressmen as wanted criminals, other studies support the concern about biometric technology.

In one of the most recent, released in December 2019 by NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, the analysis of more than 200 facial recognition algorithms showed high rates of 'false positives', and especially that they are 100 times higher for blacks and Asians than for whites.

Successive conclusions like this led the city of San Francisco, USA, to ban the use of facial recognition by the police. Movement that was first followed by other cities, such as Oakland and Somerville, but which spread to states. Oregon, New Hampshire and California already have laws about it. New Jersey and New York are in line.

Meanwhile, Europe is considering suspending the use of facial recognition technologies for five years, as proposed by the European Commission. Among the worrying data, the finding that the facial recognition system widely used by police in London, England, incorrectly identifies potential suspects in 81% cases.

In Brazil, where public security is a serious problem, at least five states have already adopted the technology - Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Paraíba and Ceará - while Distrito Federal, Minas Gerais, Pará and Espírito Santo plan to join the club. Experience indicates, however, that technology reinforces the preconceptions of always: according to research by the Network of Security Observatories, more than 90% of prisoners using these resources are black.

And now? Did technology come to help or hinder?

I await your comment to discuss this matter.

Source: Digital Convergence and Cryptoid

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Luiz Roberto Gomes
Crazy about technology, an unconditional lover of information and, above all, a searcher for a world turned to IT. I work with IT Infrastructure for more than 10 years. I love to write and you find this love here at Dicas de Infra. DevOps, a passion that is increasing every day. Experience in network infrastructure, Data Center, Digital Certification, IP Telephony, Google Cloud, Azure and learning AWS.



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