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Fonte: The Verge

Facial recognition is everywhere — airportspolice stations, and built into the largest cloud platforms in the world — with few federal rules to govern how it’s used. That’s been true for years, but a string of embarrassing stories in recent months has driven home exactly how dangerous the technology can be in the wrong hands, and it’s led to new calls for regulation. Even Microsoft, one of the largest providers, has called on Congress to place some kind of restriction on how and where the technology can be used.

A truly effective facial recognition law would have to tackle several problems at once. Many facial recognition algorithms still show higher error rates for African-Americans, women, and young people, suggesting the systems might be entrenching societal biases. Beyond bias, the sheer power of facial recognition as a surveillance tool has led some groups to call for a moratorium on police use. And now that the technology is accessible to anyone with a cloud developer account, the private sector privacy issues are even harder to ignore.

That leaves reformers with a difficult question: how can we fix facial recognition? We put the question to five leading figures on both sides of the policy fight.


Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. The Center’s Perpetual Lineup project includes a model bill for regulating facial recognition, focused on restricting police access to driver’s license and mug shot databases.

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