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Face Recognition Technology
""Using facial recognition to help the visually impaired or as a tool to identify and combat cyber harassment is notable, because the positive uses of facial recognition technology are pretty limited to fun and maybe authentication," says Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University who studies privacy and data protection. "It's interesting now to see different uses. We collectively need to watch that to see how it plays out.""
"Peter Asaro, a philosopher of technology at the New School in New York, said it may be best to see how authorities use the tools before getting too specific with regulations.
“I think we need transparency and improved privacy regulations now, and will likely need more as new applications emerge,” Asaro said."
"“For many of these systems, the inclusion of real-time face recognition is just a software update away,” said Harlan Yu, co-author of a report on body camera policies for Upturn, a technology think tank."
"“In this particular case, it's not clear that Snapchat even used face recognition technology in a way that would implicate BIPA,” Yana Welinder, a lawyer and legal fellow with Stanford University, e-mailed. “It's possible that they are simply using face detection technology. If so, that would be similar to what many digital cameras do to identify a face in an image to focus the lens on the face.”"
"Strahilevitz told Ars that Yana Welinder, a lawyer and legal fellow with Stanford University, wrote ajournal article in 2012 in the Harvard Law Review touching on this exact issue with respect to Facebook, Illinois, and a similar law on the books in Texas.
Welinder, in turn, told Ars that Licata’s case is the first of its kind that she is aware of.
"Meanwhile, a privacy expert, Woodrow Hartzog, law professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, echoed this sentiment and noted that facial recognition tech is "problematic for a number of reasons."
"The first is that facial recognition technologies require a database of images to be checked against," he wrote in an e-mail to Ars."