• Facial recognition technology leads to wrongful arrest

    Date:14 July 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

    Facial recognition technology has long been used by law enforcement in countries like China and America to help identify criminals on the run. We’ve seen examples of the technology being used to nab a suspect during a Jacky Cheung concert attended by at least 60,000 people in China.

    However, a recent arrest that took place Detroit proves that facial recognition technology is still far from being perfect.

    According to reports from local news outlet Detroit Free Press, police had arrested a man by the name of Michael Oliver for a crime in which he had supposedly broken into a car and stole a smartphone that was inside of it.

    Police used facial recognition technology to analyse a video which had captured the crime and led police to Oliver’s location. However, Oliver was adamant that police had arrested the wrong suspect, and that he wasn’t the person in the video.

    Upon further investigation, Oliver was proven to be correct, as he had tattoos on his arms while the person identified by facial recognition technology did not, leading to the case being dismissed by the judge.

    While this is only one example of facial recognition technology incorrectly identifying a suspect which has led to their arrest, it does prove that the technology has a long way to go before it can be used as a reliable tool to identify a person of interest. In fact, several cities across America, including Boston and San Francisco have banned the use of the technology.

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