Industry Snapshot: The Future of Facial Recognition

Facial Recognition

In May San Francisco became the first city to ban agencies from using facial-recognition systems. This week Lockport City School District, poised to implement facial recognition technology, delayed software testing for two weeks in response to pending state legislation banning the use of the technology for one year to allow for further study. Though some government agencies are reacting to privacy and bias concerns with outright bans, the benefits of facial recognition aren’t easily dismissed. From identifying rare genetic disorders to locating missing children and streamlining airport security points, facial recognition technology is allowing government agencies to work smarter and more effectively.

So, where is facial recognition software headed?

The Brookings Institute provides best practices and a template for programmers and developers to use while developing systems. These strategies allow facial recognition companies to easily address concerns about system bias and privacy and government agencies to understand anti-bias and privacy safeguards and communicate them to concerned citizens.

We don’t think facial recognition technology use will decline any time soon, but we expect to see greater regulation, more emphasis on privacy concerns and an expectation for anti-bias testing in future system procurement.

June 10, 2019 - 11:02am

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