Facial recognition is an interesting piece of technology and there has always been two sides of the spectrum. On one side, people think it’s great being able to use facial recognition to unlock phones and track criminals quickly. On the other side, it can be an invasion of privacy and companies are using this technology without the permission of their users.
In the article, it talks about how a local sheriff’s office in Washington was able to speed up the process of a second-degree theft case by using Amazon’s Rekognition. This software helped the local police department create its own searchable database of county jail mugshots. Using this software, the deputy was able to watch the surveillance footage and import it into the database, which the deputy then got back a digital lineup of mugshots and found possible matches. This tool helped police accelerate the process of catching criminals and helps create a database of mugshots. Although Amazon’s Rekognition is helpful for policing tactics, it is also invading privacy of people. Facial recognition collects data from everyone without their permission which is the other spectrum of this tool. People are concerned about their information being collected which is a valid reasoning. What are your thoughts?
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