Concerns About Facial Recognition Technology

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Published on: October 3, 2014

Crimes are everywhere. Whether you are in Singapore or outside, crimes can happen. With that, the Singapore government is relying on its surveillance to keep its people safe at all times. Modernism paved way to innovative surveillance technologies. Like in the United States, National Security Agency developed Facial Recognition Technology.


The developers of the Facial Recognition Technology seek to promote ease when it comes to identifying criminals and prevent identity fraud. The technology saved lives and solved many crimes but there are increasing concerns about this technology. Here are some concerns or sentiments voiced by people:

  • Facial Recognition Technology can compromise privacy: The first concern is really the compromising of privacy. There are people who are worried that the government might exploit the technology to identify ordinary citizens as they live. The technology will enable face matching which will eventually lead to mass surveillance. This is basically depriving every one of their privacy.
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  • There are no clear policies about the facial data: Up to this date, there are no clear guidelines or policies in this industry. In America, there are no law which governs the technology but the Commerce Department is currently working with the representatives and advocate to draft and eventually impellent code of conduct.


  • Identifying individuals without explicit consent: When you signed for Facebook and Google Plus, you did not realize that you are actually allowing them to use your photos for easy identification. You notice that Facebook and Google Plus automatically suggest names for tagging friends. This is an example of using Facial Recognition Technology. People are concerned that without their consent, companies can give information and pictures to third party.

Despite the concerns, one cannot underestimate what this technology can do. Its use in the advancement of military or security system is important. It does not end there. Face-matching can help other non-security agencies with their system. For example, it can be used by motor-vehicle departments to avoid fraud and license duplication.

People need to feel safe and secure even when they are in the streets. The Facial Recognition Technology can help but there should be clear guidelines and policies so people will not think that they (the government agencies) are overstepping their civil liberties and their human rights in general. To many, the conveniences of this technology outweigh the risks or the concerns. Remember that dense populations attract terrorists and other criminals. Everything should be exhausted to prevent them from harming the population. If you need to know more, you can always read further.


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