Facial Recognition | The dangers of dystopian tech

Facial Recognition | The dangers of dystopian tech

let’s talk to mark johnson legal and policy officer at big brother watch which campaigns on these sort of issues good to see you i mean what what are the concerns moving forward well one of the big concerns with facial recognition technology is that it does fundamentally violate the right to privacy it’s a highly invasive technology and unlike a cctv camera which takes a still frame uh you know a large picture of a crowd or so forth facial recognition technology actually does an individual face scan on each person in the picture and what the introduction of this technology will do is create a major shift in the relationship between the citizen and the state it really changes the presumption of innocence and uh it will turn our high streets into into police lineups forgive me for jumping in but a lot of people would look at this and say well why does it change the perception of innocence i mean that surely that the view is going to be whoever’s face is scanned is innocent until something is found on them well it effectively treats us all like suspects before a crime has been committed we’re effectively being being scanned and monitored and as we go about our day-to-day business what i was going to say was no you know no measure of safeguard will uh you know will change the fact that this that this technology will change our society and make us all walking barcodes effectively i mean the same argument could be said and indeed was said over the huge amount of cctv in in major cities across england london is meant to be the most sort of surveilled city in the world according according to some and yet the argument is is there that it is all designed to make us safer what’s really interesting about facial recognition is actually that inaccuracy levels demonstrate that it won’t necessarily make us uh safer i think between a 2016 and 2019 uh during the next trial of facial recognition there was an inaccuracy rate of something like 93 percent and there were thousands of this so not only are there deep ethical and moral considerations and there’s also a consideration around accuracy in how effective the technology would actually be but nothing is going to happen i mean in terms of inaccuracy of course if there’s any bad people about it need to be seen you want them to be spotted but in terms of innocent people who then may be presumably tagged as as having done something that they haven’t well that presumably is going to be pretty easily sorted out not necessarily we um we were on on-site to a tip-off that we received at big brother watch about the use of facial recognition technology and i think it was a van using the using the cameras to scan people’s faces there was a gentleman walking down the street who decided that he would cover his face um and he was subsequently landed with a 90 pound fine under public order offences everybody will be affected by this it will affect protesters who could be misidentified protest and violate their protest rights it could be football fans being treated unfairly and this is this is a big societal issue and as i said no safeguards will help us here what we really need is a ban to protect our rights okay mark johnson good to talk to you thank you
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