Should law enforcement agencies have access to facial recognition technology?

As facial recognition software becomes more advanced, many law enforcement agencies are using these technologies to identify criminals. At the same time, many people are concerned about how facial recognition may be used to invade their privacy, and evidence shows algorithms in these tools reflect and perpetuate harmful racial and gender biases. As a result, many non-profit organizations, local governments, and the federal government have begun to ask if law enforcement agencies should have access to facial recognition software.

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The Debate Over Facial Recognition Technology's Role In Law Enforcement

Amazon Halts Police Use Of Its Facial Recognition Technology

Communities come face-to-face with the growing power of facial recognition technology

Additional resources to think about

How police are using facial recognition on civilians
This story from a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news program investigates which police departments across Canada use facial recognition software and what that means for civil liberties.

Is Facial Recognition Invading Your Privacy?
In this episode of Above the Noise, Myles explores both sides of the debate over the use of facial recognition technology.

How does facial recognition work?
This informational article from NortonLifeLock details how facial recognition software works, who uses it, and how it can become a privacy issue.

How China Is Using Facial Recognition Technology
A quick look from NPR at how the Chinese government is employing facial recognition, especially to surveil its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority population.

London police to use facial recognition cameras, stoking privacy fears
This article from the PBS NewsHour delves into how British law enforcement is using facial recognition throughout London.

San Francisco bans facial recognition technology
This story from CBS News discusses the California city's ban of police use of facial recognition technology, including the racial biases that come with the system.

Facial Recognition Bias | Greater Boston
This video from GBH News covers an MIT study that explored the racial and gender biases associated with AI and facial recognition technology.

Face It, You're Being Watched
This video from Bloomberg Quicktake explains why facial recognition's advance is so alarming to regulators, the public, and even the people developing it.

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