Facial Recognition, Potent New Policing Tool, Raises Alarms - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Facial Recognition, Potent New Policing Tool, Raises Alarms

"We are at a moment where facial recognition is being marketed to communities while not being proven as public safety tools," said one ACLU lawyer

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Empowering Students with Technology
    John Moore/Getty Images, File
    This Nov. 7, 2016, file photo shows commuters arrive to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

    "Real-time" facial recognition has tremendous potential for crime prevention but it's also raising alarms for over the risk that it makes mistakes, NBC News reported.

    The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country have been using facial recognition databases for years, but the technology is advancing to the point where police can pick suspects out of a crowd on live video — that's reportedly already happening in China, and U.S. security agencies are testing it at some airports and border crossings.

    One tech executive vowed never to sell such technology to police departments while another called on Congress to enact regulations on facial recognition, which is already used to tag people in Facebook photos and unlock iPhones.

    "We are at a moment where facial recognition is being marketed to communities while not being proven as public safety tools," said Matt Cagle, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)