May 16, 2019

This Chinese facial recognition start-up can identify a person in seconds

Featuring Kara Frederick

Source: CNBC

Journalist Amanda Lentino

In China, facial recognition technology — biometric computer applications that automatically identify an individual from a database of digital images — is a part of daily life.

Already about 200 million surveillance cameras are scattered around the country — to track big spenders in luxury retail stores, catch identity thieves, prevent violent crime, find fugitives, catch sleeping students in the classroom and even snag jaywalkers. In fact, nearly every one of its 1.4 billion citizens is in China’s facial recognition database.

AI companies believe surveillance and face recognition technology will make the country safer, and in the U.S. the tools are increasingly being used with law-enforcement agencies. But civil liberties advocates believe the issues of error and privacy may outweigh the security value.

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Authors

  • Kara Frederick

    Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Kara Frederick is a Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Kara helped create and lea...