Published On: Tue, Nov 5th, 2019

Facial Recognition

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There are two very opposing views regarding facial recognition software. The one side sees it as a brilliant way of technological advancement that enables authorities to protect the nation, to locate missing people, to aid the visually impaired and to be used to combat terrorism. The other side is concerned about the immense invasion of privacy, the results if this kind of technology falls in the criminal hands and the absolute control that can be accomplished over a nation. Hence here we discuss many ways to minimize the impact of FR software if you feel that it scars your privacy as well as what the accepted protocols are for recording this kind of data.

Minimize Data Sharing

Often the concern is rooted in the fear that data collection was done for a particular purpose, but is then applied for a completely different meaning. This is the result when you have entered your data in one place and not being aware that this will now be sold to a third party for another purpose. This data often include images as well. To be able to obtain a certain degree of control over what happens to your information, it is best to share as little as possible.

It is often the case that we store images and videos of friends and family for lengthy times on digital devices. These can be accessed in many ways. The advised length of the period, which is accepted for data storage depends on the application of the data and the reason for storing it. For many users, this is the only way that they ever store their visual data, but if you do want to minimize the risk of having your images exposed to FR software, it is advised to shorten the time during which it can be accessed.

Whenever any company or government agency is either filming of photographing the people in public places where they go to for other purposes than that of FR, there needs to be explicit notification of the fact that they are doing it. Companies should allow the public to take the necessary precautions or avoid it entirely if they don’t want to be captured on FR software.

Reducing the Collateral Information Collected

This is mostly applicable to the body cameras worn by a policeman. Often at a crime scene, much more data is captured than that what is relevant to the crime committed. Whenever footage is not appropriate to a particular stage, it should be deleted to minimize the collateral information collected to protect the privacy of the bystanders.

When companies require the completion of forms to obtain necessary data of individuals, they need to give these individuals a choice to either opt-in or out of their data being shared. The decision that was made then should be adhered to and respected at all times.

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