Domestic Society
23:55 12 January 2021
Post by: WBJ

Biometric surveillance poses threat to democracy and privacy

Biometric surveillance poses threat to democracy and privacy
Wojciech Klicki, source: Newseria

Identification of fingerprints, iris and retinal scans, face, voice and walking, even DNA and brainwaves - each of these biometric technologies can be used to authenticate people effectively. Systems that rely on biometrics are much more accurate and can reduce or even eliminate crime. However, they pose a number of threats. The example of China shows that biometric surveillance can be used more and more often. However, the latest use of facial recognition technology by artificial intelligence comes from the US, where authorities are trying to catch those responsible for the attack on the Capitol.

"Biometrics is information that comes from our body. It is a fingerprint, an iris, the appearance of our face. Increasingly, biometrics in many countries, both in the EU and, for example, in the Far East, is used to verify who and where it moves by means of face-recognition cameras. This is biometric surveillance, which in fact ends with the right to anonymous movement of citizens of a given country in the public space," Wojciech Klicki, a lawyer from the Panoptykon Foundation, emphasized.

Biometric technologies are now used to check whether a given person is who he or she claims to be, to discover the identity, to check people. As they become cheaper, more reliable, available, and convenient, they will increasingly be implemented at all levels, incl. for law enforcement, physical access control, and border control.

Powered by artificial intelligence, Clearview AI facial recognition technology was used by US law enforcement to identify the people who stormed the Capitol on January 6. The company's CEO confirmed that law enforcement's use of his company's facial recognition technology has increased by 26%. the day after a mob of President Trump's supporters attacked the Congress headquarters.

(Newseria


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