Facial Recognition: Opportunities or Hurdles?
The year 2020 is expected to be a highly turbulent one for biometrics, and particularly facial recognition, in Europe and the United Kingdom. This includes new biometric surveillance systems currently entering (or leaving) pilot phases, border control and transportation applications increasing with each passing quarter, large-scale citizen-facing facial recognition systems similar to those approved by governments in Asia-Pacific (APAC) being placed under further scrutiny in the European Union, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced biometric systems finding their way into new applications from social media to smart home with little to no concern for consumer privacy and data protection.
Most importantly, according to an E.U. draft document regarding the dangers of AI obtained by Euractiv, Europe is currently considering putting up some additional security protocols and procedures regarding the use of facial recognition and even considering a temporary ban in certain applications. This will put a strain on future biometric and surveillance applications, but it is also…
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