An alliance of privacy and civil liberties organizations this week called on the US Division of Homeland Security to drop its use of facial recognition on the general public. Public campaigns — one organized by digital rights group Fight for the Future, and another by the Electronic Privacy Info Center (EPIC), and others — were introduced ahead of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday to question officers with the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Safety, and the Secret Service for the companies’ broad use of the technology within the US.
Fight for the Future, in the meantime, launched a web-page and referred to as for a complete federal ban on facial recognition. “Individuals shouldn’t be subjected to authoritarian surveillance because their local metropolis council did not act. Congress has the power to impose basic limits on what regulation enforcement across the nation can do,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future said
Facial recognition know-how has been subjected to growing scrutiny across the nation, as civil rights activists and technologists sound the alarm over inaccuracies and issues that the tech only serves to invade societal biases. Two MIT Media Lab research discovered that facial recognition techniques from top tech firms routinely struggle to understand the gender of female faces and of darker-skinned faces in pictures. In May, San Francisco stopped police from utilizing facial recognition; two months later, the town council of Somerville, Massachusetts, polled to do the same. Amazon, the vendor of software called Rekognition, has faced persistent public force for the aggressive marketing of its facial recognition program to law enforcement businesses.
However, even if facial recognition know-how was 100% correct, Fight for the Future’s Greer said it could nonetheless pose a severe threat to the general public.