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Advancements in Facial Recognition Raise Privacy Questions

BIOMETRICS

December 2, 2013

Facial recognition technology is rapidly evolving, “using frame-by-frame video analysis to read subtle muscular changes that flash across our faces in milliseconds, signaling emotions like happiness, sadness and disgust,” The New York Times reports. While there may be benefits to such face-reading software—such as recognizing confusion on the face of an online student and offering tutoring options—one U.S. privacy attorney notes such technology raises concerns. “The unguarded expressions that flit across our faces aren’t always the ones we want other people to readily identify,” Ginger McCall said, adding, “Private companies are developing this technology now. But you can be sure government agencies, especially in security, are taking an interest, too.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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