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We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition

Facial Recognition Internet Scan

“I don’t break the law so I’ve nothing to worry about” is something we hear a lot…This item might change your mind! Facial recognition technology is a threat to us all.

November 4, 2019

By Michael Maharrey

We’ve become increasingly comfortable with facial recognition technology. We use it to unlock our phones and to skip the security line at the airport. But the convenience of facial recognition is blinding us to its dangers.

Georgetown University School of Law privacy expert Clare Garvie put together a video that explains why you should be concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology, even if you think you have “nothing to hide.”

According to Garvie, police databases now contain images of nearly half of all Americans. She argues that without some restrictions on facial recognition, we’re rapidly hurtling toward a Chinese-style surveillance state.

As Garvie puts it, Americans are basically in a perpetual police lineup.

The digital equivalent of police walking through a crowd and yanking each of our IDs out of our pockets. You could be picked out, investigated, possibly arrested and sent to jail … That’s a violation of your privacy and your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Garvie outlines three aspects of facial recognition that concern her the most.

  1. How it’s used — police violate our right to due process.
  2. How it is manipulated
  3. It is biased. There is a significantly higher chance that the technology will misidentify African-Americans and other minorities.

If we don’t implement legal restrictions on face recognition, the future looks like a Chinese-style surveillance state, one that violates our right to privacy, our right to anonymity in public, and our right to free speech.

Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com and like him on Facebook HERE

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    Martin Harris

    I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of theCONTrail.com community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

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