Regulating the imbalance of power created by facial recognition

Letícia Silveira Tavares of HewardMills discusses the developments in facial recognition, and why it should be regulated.

In the world of using biometrics for identification purposes, facial recognition technology (FRT) stands out not only because of its practicality and associated benefits, but also in relation to how intrusive the technology can be. While in fingerprint collection there is minimum interaction, facial features can be gathered without consent or the knowledge of individuals by simply capturing their image. In addition, discrimination(1) and security concerns regarding FRT data storage(2) are on the top of the list of risks associated with the use of such technology.

Unsurprisingly, FRT has been driving the push for AI regulation due to its controversial deployment by the public sector. Its wide use by privately owned companies has also gained public attention recently. Calls for action vary among those involved. Tech companies would benefit from immediate regulation so that they know what the legal boundaries are. On the other hand, civil liberties groups want an immediate suspension followed by a thorough democratic discussion, defending the idea that a regulation can only pass once the individuals have indicated that they want the technology to be used in the first place.

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