Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition

Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition

Public anonymity is dead. While that phrase, “public anonymity” may sound like an oxymoron, let me explain: You can no longer walk along a street, visit a store, or attend an event without the possibility that someone — a government entity, a storeowner, or a tech giant — knows that youare there and can track everywhere else you’ve been, simply by your physical appearance.

In 2018, facial recognition technology spent a lot of time in the news. Between Amazon licensing their Rekognition product to law enforcementthe presence of gender and racial bias in some of the current technology, and China’s use of facial recognition to publicly shame jaywalkers, it’s clear that society is facing moral and philosophical questions about who owns and should have access to your physical identity and information in the real world? Continue reading “Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition”