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Facial Recognition for Security: Pro's and Con's

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Posted: Feb 06, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 Minutes


Facial recognition technology has become a big part of our lives, from providing efficient and fast security for our computers and phones to tagging friends on social media. It’s also been seen as an infringement on privacy and personal rights, yet its use has still managed to grow over time. Should the implementation of facial recognition in our daily lives halt in its current tracks, or should we continue to utilize it and further expand its uses? Here are some pros and cons of facial recognition technology so that you can decide.

PRO: Strengthens security and furthers computer interactivity

Facial recognition is now used by companies such as Microsoft and Apple to aid in log-in security for their devices. With Apple’s Face ID and Microsoft’s Windows Hello, users can simply look at their device’s camera to log themselves in as opposed to manually entering in a password each time they use their device. Facial recognition security features are also safer and easier to use than passwords; while you can steal someone’s password, you can’t steal their biometric data. Facial recognition tech featured on phones and computers can grow even further in future and lead to computers seeing and recognizing objects and people as well as humans. Many phones such as Android devices have facial recognition software and will organize the photos you take by face, and can even categorize photos by the subjects in them, such as people, animals, or places. New possibilities for computer interactivity can lead to future breakthroughs in technology.

CON: An imperfect technology that can threaten privacy

Many are also opposed to using facial recognition security features because they feel that the software may infringe on their privacy and personal data. While the tech is used for security measures, it has been shown to be flawed. After police stations began to utilize facial recognition tools, research found that the tools identified the wrong person nine out of 10 times, leading to false arrests, and the technology has been known to misidentify people of color and women in particular. Companies that utilize facial recognition technology for security may not inform their customers that it’s in use, leading to the use of personal data without patrons’ consent. Along with this, facial recognition software isn’t perfect, and can be hacked, exploited, or just plain broken, also contributing to false charges. The software isn’t impervious to hacking, either; if devices that employ facial recognition for log-in security are broken into, then hackers can potentially gain personal information of you simply by getting into your device’s database.

While facial recognition technology can provide us with innovative security measures and advanced computer interactivity, it can also potentially be a breach on our privacy and personal data. Overall, it’s up to us to decide how it will best be used safely and efficiently to benefit the future of technology.


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