Why face recognition's bad reputation shouldn't stop you from using it


Face recognition seems to be getting a lot of bad press lately. Advocacy groups are emerging to oppose the technology, and activists in many countries are pushing for bans.

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There’s also some question about the hackability or spoofability of facial recognition, and stories are emerging that show how facial recognition authentication can theoretically be defeated. Another controversy has emerged over the sources of facial data for training algorithms; some researchers and organizations have been criticized because the faces used for the development of algorithms were pictures of people who did not give their explicit permission.

All of these concerns are valid. But they shouldn’t stop companies from moving forward on using face recognition for authentication and authorization for both physical and digital security.