The Implementation Of Facial Recognition Can Be Risky. Here’s Why..
While facial recognition holds great promise for the security industry as a more secure authentication mechanism than passwords or PINS, the technology does come with various risks according to Allerin CEO Naveen Joshi. The risks stem from the fact that facial recognition algorithms, like other technologies leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), require massive amounts of data to work. This has various concerning implications.
As companies try to obtain as much data as possible to perfect their facial recognition solutions, they often resort to practices that harm the privacy of individuals. One typical example is surveillance cameras collecting real-time data without the consent of the individuals whose data is being stored. Secondly, just like any other system, databases storing facial recognition information can be hacked. The exposure of facial recognition and other types of biometric data, such as in the recent Suprema breach, is a security disaster because unlike passwords and payment card information, biometric information doesn’t change. Once threat actors have it, they could use this information against people for the rest of their lives. Finally, flaws in facial recognition technology can lead to biased results and to people’s identities being mistaken.