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What to know about facial recognition technology

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2019 | Criminal Defense

A retailer in Georgia could know if an individual was caught shoplifting at a store down the street or across the country. This is because facial recognition software can take a picture of a person’s face and distribute it in a short period of time. While this may be helpful to those who own a business, it may not be beneficial for those who want to retain their privacy.

One of the main concerns is that there is no guideline for how accurate the software must be. This means that it could mistakenly take a picture of an individual who was merely a bystander during a burglary and declare that person to be the culprit. Another issue that has been raised is the fact that these programs are trained using pictures uploaded to social media sites without the permission of those who are in the photographs.

Generally speaking, individuals should have a right to privacy even while in public. At a minimum, they should feel as if they can walk around without being tracked by companies or state authorities. However, facial recognition software sales are expected to hit $10 billion by 2025, which means that its use is likely going to become increasingly common in the future. Already, this technology is used by governments, companies and even singers such as Taylor Swift.

Those who have been charged with a crime may benefit from the advice of a criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer might be able to create multiple defenses to a charge. For instance, it may be possible to claim that an individual was the victim of mistaken identity. An attorney might also assert that a person’s privacy rights were violated when his or her picture was taken without any permission to do so.

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