Facial recognition technology represents a valuable, and likely inevitable, method of identification for cops and Feds. Unfortunately, it’s largely unregulated, error prone, and insecure.
During a hearing held by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged the potential utility of facial recognition technology even as he expressed concern about the way it is being used.
Chaffetz said the technology makes mistakes, with one in seven FBI facial recognition searches incorrectly returning a list of innocent people as matches, despite the presence of the actual matching image in the database. Chaffetz also expressed doubts about the government’s ability to secure such data. “I don’t believe they can keep all this information locked down and secure,” he said… More at The Register.
The rumours persist that facial recognition is going to replace fingerprints. I have never felt at ease with the technology personally.