I was stunned last week when it was announced that airport face recognition scans would soon include US citizens. The Department of Homeland Security quickly backed away from that plan, but with the world on track to have deployed one billion cameras by 2021, is there any doubt that our faces will inevitably be tracked by all-seeing electronic eyes?
- China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West [New York Times] “Sketching someone’s face based solely on a DNA sample sounds like science fiction. It isn’t.”
- After criticism, Homeland Security drops plans to expand airport face recognition scans to US citizens [TechCrunch] “The spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection said the agency ‘initially considered’ including U.S. citizens in its face recognition checks at airports and other ports of entry ‘because having separate processes for foreign nationals and U.S. citizens at ports of entry creates logistical and operational challenges that impact security, wait times and the traveler experience.'”
- Portland, the largest city in Oregon, plans to propose first facial recognition ban affecting private companies [USA Today] “‘We need to take a strong stand that the automated surveillance state is not welcome in the city of Portland,’ Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said.”
- Why I Opt Out of Facial Recognition [Fortune] “No one told me how or where this digital representation of my face would be stored. Would it be encrypted? Who would have access to the database? Could I delete my data at will? The paucity of answers made me too uncomfortable.”
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