Practice Op-Ed—Jayv23

Facial Recognition Systems

Facial recognition is a violation to our constitutional rights. This goes against our rights of privacy which could lead to citizens being put at a higher risk of danger. Many companies and researchers are using the database of facial recognition without people knowing. Documents were released that immigration and customs enforcement officials employed facial recognition technology to scan motorist’s faces or photos to identify undocumented immigrants. The FBI spent decades using this system to compare drivers licenses and visa photos against suspected criminals. Some colleges and universities had recently removed their face database from the internet due to privacy concerns. However the database were so well distributed that they are most likely already being used in the United States. A database was create by researchers at Stanford that collected over ten thousand faces that went into the database. No matter how long a database is posted for it is a high chance that the faces in the database are being used somewhere in another country or simply by someone other then themselves.

Although this system could benefit the Law enforcement, it could also lead to lots of danger. Any one in this world could have access to the facial recognition databases and use their identity. School agencies have began to use facial recognition that can map and track the movements of the students, whom they have been seen with, where and how often. The system that was going to be placed into the school districts would be able to detect weapons, previously suspended students, sex offenders and staff members. Although this could be a positive movement and create more safety in the schools, the district would have to accurately predict who a school shooter is and enter them into the system. I believe that this could absolutely ruin a child’s life and the older generation is in complete control to stop this.

In china they are attempting to use a facial recognition system to predict analytics to help authorities stop suspects from committing a crime before it even happens. With predictive intelligence they would notify police of potential criminals based on their behavior patterns. They would simply track where someone would go and get a rating of how at risk they are to commit a crime. An example used in an article was if someone buys a knife they are not suspicious. But if they buy a knife, hammer and a sack that persons rating will go up. It’s ineffective and putting someones privacy out there to detect if what they are buying is suspicious. These systems will begin to falsely accuse people of suspicious activities in which they have no intent of committing a crime.

Facial Recognition systems can and will expand until someone puts a stop to it. These systems could be very effective but also evade our privacy. Not everyone including myself would want my face to be scanned and have a false assumption be made about myself or children.



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1 Response to Practice Op-Ed—Jayv23

  1. davidbdale says:

    Nice work, JayV. Your explanation does more than just count the components. It gets close to explaining the real importance of them.


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