January 11, 2018 technology

Facial Recognition Technology Hits Privacy Rights Crossroads

By David Simmons

Facial recognition technology, the computerized verification of a person's identity from a digital image, is not limited to science fiction movies and our imaginations. It will soon have a much greater impact on our lives. It has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 15 years and is being used by, among others, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, companies tracking how you react when watching movies, and the FBI. Now, new iPhone users will experience this technology.

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Personal privacy rights are at issue in the gathering, retention, and use of this very personal data. The first step in understanding how to advise clients on this new technology and its impact on their privacy must start with an understanding of where it is and how facial recognition works.

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