Latest comments from the U.S. government watchdog

US Lax on Face Recognition

Hey Everyone!

Here are the latest recommendations from the U.S. government watchdog agency on face recognition.

What’s new: An audit of federal agencies by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, while many employ face recognition, they may not know where it came from, how it’s being used, or the hazards involved. The auditors recommended that agencies using commercial systems develop protocols for appropriate use.

Why it matters: Face recognition has clear potential to infringe on privacy. Moreover, it has a spotty record of identifying minorities, which has led to false arrests. The finding that many federal agencies are taking a cavalier approach raises troubling questions about privacy and fairness.

We’re thinking: The GAO audit of face recognition systems is a step forward. While regulators, ethicists, technologists, and businesses sort out appropriate standards, a moratorium on law enforcement use of face recognition would be sensible, so we can position the technology for socially beneficial uses while guarding against detrimental ones.

Do you think face recognition developments are regulated enough or more regulations are needed? :woman_judge: :globe_with_meridians:

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