Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Facial-Recognition Technology Seems to Unfairly Target Minorities
Summary: Police officers have a government database that uses facial recognition to monitor people. Half of American adults are included in this database. Issues have been raised around the idea that police officers are using surveillance technology for racially biased purposes. It has been proven that a vast majority of the database is of colored people. However, anyone without a criminal background can be tracked through the governments facial recognition software; this has brought up many concerns. Even video cameras on the street can be used to scan people and match them to an image in the database. The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the conclusion that this type of technology may be violating the rights of millions of Americans. Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown's privacy and technology center, said "It can change the basic freedom we have to go about our lives without people identifying us from afar and in secret." Although these surveillance tools can be helpful in catching criminals, it still can be misused by anyone who has access to the database.
Connection: This news article connects back to the formation of the U.S. Constitution because it was created to establish laws and guarantee basic rights for U.S. citizens.
Questions: What are your thoughts about the government allowing police officers to use facial recognition technology? Explain.
How does this make you feel—knowing that many people are possibly being watched and searched by the government? Why?
How could this technology be altered or changed so that innocent people are not involved in this method of tracking criminals?