UK To Build Useless Facial Recognition System
from the tax-dollars-at-work dept
After 9/11, there was a lot of talk about using facial recognition systems in various cities and airports. Even the Superbowl used one to try to spot "bad people" watching the big game. However, within a few years, people began to realize that such facial recognition systems don't really work for such applications. Facial recognition systems are barely good enough to match two faces in still photos -- but when you add in grainy video, different lighting and different angles it doesn't even come close to being effective. In Tampa, which had been the poster child for facial recognition security systems, the police shut it down after it didn't catch a single person in two years. Meanwhile, at Boston's Logan airport, the system was so bad it couldn't even catch the "tester" criminals they put into the system to see if it was working. With that in mind, you have to wonder why the UK has decided to build a nationwide facial recognition system to try to catch criminals spotted on any of the many, many security cameras found throughout Great Britain. Once again, it seems like the type of system being put in place for politicians to say they're making things safer, without actually making anyone safer.