Facial Recognition Technology Is Improving Thanks To Photos Of You On The Internet

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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Facial recognition technology has been getting better and better thanks to millions of pictures that have been collected of people, unbeknownst to them. Companies and researchers are compiling dozens of databases of people’s faces without their knowledge, according to the New York Times.

Social networks, photo websites, dating apps, etc. have all provided images for repositories built by companies like Microsoft, Stanford University, Clarifai and others, the Times said. Patrons of a café, visitors to campus and other groups of people all had their images collected without consent.

Activists say collecting the images in such a manner is an invasion of privacy. The images are also being used inappropriately by the government and other agencies to identify immigrants, people suspected of criminal activity, etc.

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Cities like San Francisco have already banned the use of facial recognition technology due to a concern it will be used by the government and law enforcement to disproportionately target groups that are already disenfranchised.

For example in China, they used facial recognition technology to do surveillance of its Uyghur Muslim community, which is subject to being held in internment camps.

As with most innovations, facial recognition technology can do a lot of good, but if used in the wrong way with the wrong motives, it can have catastrophic results. Don’t be surprised if the next time you stop to make a purchase or decide to make a love connection, your image is stored on a database,