Email RMIT ABC Fact Check Posted February 04, 2020 09:20:29 Photo: Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow says facial recognition technology is less accurate when used on people with darker skin. (iStock) Map: Australia The claimFacial recognition technology, which often relies on opaque algorithms developed by tech companies, is rapidly infiltrating many aspects of people’s lives, despite lawyers and technology experts warning that it is inaccurate and discriminatory.Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow joined a chorus of voices critical of facial recognition technology, telling the ABC in an interview that it was prone to errors.”Those errors are not evenly distributed across the community,” he said. Video: Watch Mr Santow make the claim on ABC’s Afternoon Briefing. (ABC News) “So, in particular, if you happen to have darker skin, that facial recognition technology is much, much less accurate.”He added: “When you use that technology in an area where the stakes are high, like in policing or law enforcement, the risks are very significant.”Mr Santow’s comments came amid Morrison Government attempts to establish a centralised database for national security and official verification purposes that would include facial images drawn from documents such as passports and driver’s licences, as well as other personal information.Is Mr… Read full this story
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