To show how invasive face detection can be, a new quiz from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is designed to show you which government agencies may have a photo of your face.
EFF's online quiz is designed to highlight privacy issues related to face recognition. The nonprofit organization for digital privacy said it is almost impossible to know which agencies share which photos with whom.
"Photos you provide for identification are often shared with law enforcement agencies – the FBI, ICE, and others – without your consent," warns EFF. "These agencies use flawed facial recognition technology to compare your face to those in mug shots, social media, and other photos of people suspected of committing crimes, which may put you at risk of being misidentified and invade your privacy. "
The The Quiz asks questions such as whether you have a driver's license, whether you live in a city with more than 100,000 inhabitants, and whether you have a passport. Based on your answers, the quiz will generate which government agencies are most likely to have your face on file.
EFF worked with the Georgetown Law Center for Privacy and Technology to create the quiz by reviewing thousands of public records to find out which government photos are shared with which facial recognition authorities.
Organizations like EFF that oppose the use of facial recognition have made companies and government agencies using the technology more transparent.
In October, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI for not disclosing how facial recognition software was used.
Others also argue that facial recognition software is inherently racist against colored people. A 2018 study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that facial analysis software was more likely to misidentify colored people, especially colored women.
In July last year, Fight for the Future demanded a complete ban on software for monitoring facial recognition. specifically for government use due to racial inequalities in technology. Months earlier, the city of San Francisco had banned the use of facial recognition by city officials, including the police.
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