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Smartphone security, passport control, police investigations: These uses of facial recognition technology (FRT) generally make people’s life easier and safer. Yet with the advent of COVID-19, the use of FRT has taken a more sinister turn. Some governments have started to use live surveillance to monitor people’s movements and enforce lockdowns. As the rollout of FRT accelerates, regulations to control its application are playing catch-up – and are mostly insufficient to safeguard people’s privacy and freedom. Antoaneta Roussi and Richard Van Noorden’s article is a disconcerting and important read.
About the Authors
Antoaneta Roussi is a freelance journalist and writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Additional reporting by Richard Van Noorden, a features editor at Nature Research.
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