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Covid-19 Masks Are Breaking Facial Recognition Software

Here is still another reason why you should wear a medical face mask: Masks are breaking police facial recognition.

The rapid global spread and persistent threat of the coronavirus has presented an obvious roadblock to facial recognition’s similar global expansion. Suddenly everyone is covering their faces. Even in ideal conditions, facial recognition technologies often struggle with accuracy and have a particularly dismal track record when it comes to identifying faces that aren’t white or male. Some municipalities, startled by the civil liberties implications of inaccurate and opaque software in the hands of unaccountable and overly aggressive police, have begun banning facial recognition software outright. But the global pandemic may have inadvertently provided a privacy fix of its own — or for police, a brand new crisis.

Put your mask on and then read the article by Mara Hvistendahl and Sam Biddle in The Intercept web site at: https://theintercept.com/2020/07/16/face-masks-facial-recognition-dhs-blueleaks.

Categories: Facial Recognition

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