CDEI: controversial technology has many uses


The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) has said that if used responsibly, facial recognition has the potential to “enhance efficiency and security across many contexts.”

The finding has been published in a recent ‘Snapshot’ briefing paper from the organisation, looking at the “uses and potential implications” of the technology’s deployment in the UK. Other observations touch-on its potential use for a range of identification purposes, as well as the extent of current roll-out across both public and private sectors.
The paper also suggests that the technology presents “several risks, including to privacy and the fair treatment of individuals,” while likewise flagging-up the dangers of potential bias within specific algorithms.   

Speaking of the publication, a spokesperson for CDEI said: “Facial recognition technology is among the most controversial data-driven innovations in use today. Advocates claim that it could make our streets safer, our bank accounts more secure, and our public services more accessible.

“Critics [meanwhile] argue that it poses a threat to privacy and other civil liberties. This paper attempts to bring clarity to this debate, putting claims under scrutiny and helping readers understand where to direct their attention.”

According to the organisation, CDEI Snapshots are designed to “introduce non-expert readers to important ethical issues related to the development and deployment of AI and data-driven technology.”

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