Google Won’t Release Facial Recognition Products Until Security Concerns Are Addressed
Facial recognition, like many forms of biometrics, is becoming more prevalent in today’s world. Many devices are now equipped with facial recognition software, but they none are made by Google.
Google is known for being a pioneer in the technological industry, so why are they seemingly behind the times? The company addressed this in a recent blog post, where they pointed out the pros and cons of facial recognition.
Google says facial recognition could be beneficial in select applications, but also presents risks that have not been mitigated yet. This technology could be used in mass surveillance, causing concerns about privacy and vulnerability.
Google is working with third-party companies to address these concerns. The company said, “Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through important technology and policy questions.”
A group called AI Now recently released a report highlighting the dangers of facial recognition and other AI technologies. They say in order to protect public interest, this technology should be regulated by “national laws that require strong oversight, clear limitations, and public transparency.”
AI Now noted specific concerns with regards to facial recognition, such as the ability to pinpoint a person’s face in videos. The technology can be used for automated lip reading, allowing users to gather intel about a conversation, even if it occurs in a distant part of the video.
The group also pointed out that facial recognition isn’t just about recognizing faces. “A face can be linked with other forms of personal records and identifiable data, such as credit score, social graph, or criminal record.”