(AbsoluteNews.com) – Facial recognition technology (FRT) is one of the greatest privacy concerns of this generation. The federal government has been using it for quite some time, but recently, multiple agencies made it clear they plan to expand its use. States and private companies are trying to restrict it.
We believe live facial recognition technology poses significant and unmitigable risks to our society and that it can't ever be safely deployed in public spaces or for mass surveillance purposes.
We've called on Parliament to halt and ban its use by police and private firms ⬇️ https://t.co/zHfWyklKHY
— Open Rights Group (@OpenRightsGroup) August 26, 2021
On August 24, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a disturbing report about FRT. The agency surveyed 24 federal agencies about their use of the technology. Eighteen respondents reported they use the technology and ten of those plan to expand its use. Law enforcement agencies said they use FRT to generate leads in criminal cases.
Jake Laperruque, with the Project on Government Oversight, told the Washington Post the government is moving “full speed ahead” despite privacy and accuracy concerns.
Although the federal government is embracing FRT with open arms, multiple cities and states don’t feel great about it. Massachusetts, Maine, and Virginia have restricted its use. More than a dozen cities are taking the same action.
Experts say the technology could expose millions of Americans’ data to hackers if the government doesn’t encrypt it properly. Given the federal government’s track record, it’s not hard to believe they might not store it correctly, resulting in everyone being at risk.
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