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Exploring the Data Around Facial Recognition

Wendy H. Wong’s “As U.S. Capitol Investigators Use Facial Recognition, It Begs the Question: Who Owns Our Faces?” for The Conversation states the following:

Already, plenty of data about millions and millions of faces exist. We have volunteered our faces in social media posts and photos stored in the cloud. But we’ve yet to determine who owns the data associated with the contours of our faces.

In the age of Big Tech, we need to grapple with what expectations we can and should have about who has access to our faces. The recent riot at the U.S. Capitol has put the question into the spotlight as facial recognition becomes a vital tool in identifying rioters: What is the power of facial recognition technology, and are we ready for it? …

Is the data associated with that face—that is, the digital representation of your face that matches up to your actual face or photos of your face—part of that fundamental part of you that you get to keep to yourself? Or is that a foolish expectation in our data-intensive world?

Which brings us back to the U.S. Capitol insurrection. There is a certainly a sense of justice to see facial recognition technology deployed to bring white supremacists to justice. But at what cost?

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