#36: Facing the Danger of Facial Recognition


Facial recognition technology is being used by police all over the U.S. using images of millions of innocent Americans. It’s a lot less accurate than what we see on TV, and it may be pointing police at a disproportionate number of minority citizens.

We explore the pluses and the dangers of facial recognition technology with Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center for Privacy and Technology at  Georgetown University Law School.

He co-authored a report on the topic, The Perpetual Lineup, in October 2016. Read more about it in the New York Times here.

“This has really never happened before. By tapping into all of these driver’s license photos what the FBI is doing right now is creating a national biometric network that is primarily made up of law abiding Americans. That’s a fundamental shift, and we think a problematic one.”