Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Project No. P115406
I recently read an article on facial recognition on the Government Executive site. It discussed the apprehension of an individual who appeared to have taken out a separate driver's license in the name of a deceased relative in order to claim social security benefits fraudulently. If the allegations are true this was a good use of facial recognition technology, however, it is not actually unusual for there to be look-alike individuals. This can be shown by the fact that we have so many impersonators of movie stars & famous persons. It worries me that a technology that is acknowledged to have problems may be used not just by companies to track spending habits (& by default personal habits) but also to make potentially life-changing decisions as to whether an individual is actually the person they claim to be. Also, any data collected can be saved and abused in the future by businesses & governments. I think all facial recognition schemes should be banned. If instituted they should be limited to law enforcement use & there should be a way of individuals to appeal an incorrect decision reached by face-recognition software.