Should govt be transparent about its facial recognition use?
Government transparency in deploying facial recognition software could gain more acceptance among citizens than trying to use it behind their back and later claiming it was for the greater good.
As the facial recognition criticism thickens, the US Homeland Security is already putting facial recognition software to use for biometric exits at US airports. Within the next four years, it plans to use facial recognition technology on 97% of passengers departing from airports.
The system, which captures images of passengers prior to boarding flights, has already been in practice since 2017, and by the end of 2018, has become operational in 15 US airports.
The system aims to help authorities to become more aware of people leaving and entering the country as well as aid them in identifying anyone overstaying their visas. According to Quartz, currently, US authorities rely on departing airline flight manifests for the same.