On Facial Recognition Technology
Since the beginning of the 2000s, Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) has become significantly more accurate and more accessible. Both government and commercial entities use it in increasingly innovative approaches. News agencies use it to spot celebrities at big events. Car companies install it on dashboards to alert drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Governments have used it to track Covid-19 patients’ compliance with quarantine regimes, or to reunite missing children with their families. However, as the use of technology has become more widespread, the controversies around it have also grown. The technology offers tremendous opportunities, but there are reasons to be concerned about its impact on privacy and civil liberties, if it is not used properly. In this paper, I make a brief introduction to facial recognition technology, look separately at commercial and government applications of it, and present my argument why the US needs a federal legislation on FRT.
Copyright (c) 2022 Intersect: The Stanford Journal of Science, Technology, and Society
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).