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Students nationwide fight to 'Ban Facial Recognition' technology on campus

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"Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Fight for the Future, a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights, are working together to launch a campaign against colleges using biometric surveillance, also known as facial recognition.

According to EdScoop, the University of San Francisco implemented some of this technology in its dormitories in 2013 making the campus one of the pioneers in biometric surveillance in higher education. Although not yet commonplace, many facial recognition technology companies have their sights set on schools. CNET reported that at least two more California campuses have implemented facial recognition technology: Stanford University and the University of Southern California.

'Students should not have to trade their right to privacy for an education.' But privacy advocates are now speaking out against the use of this technology, particularly on college campuses." ...

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  • PublisherPublisher 9628 replies121 threads Senior Member
    There are very realistic masks & make-up techniques being used in order to defeat this type of invasive surveillance.
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  • melvin123melvin123 1631 replies22 threads Senior Member
    Facial recognition technology anywhere other than airports is terrifying to me. We should have the right to go about our daily lives without being tracked (& targeted!). This applies to the private sector (shout out to Target & Walmart) as well as the government.
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  • scikitscikit 24 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Publisher Which college student would don masks and heavy makeup in order to evade facial recognition software?
    The only ones who would are criminals. Without facial recognition, there'd still be high-def cameras, so it would be trivial to find the criminal's identity from a regular surveillance system. I don't see how facial recognition does anything but expedite the police system.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80225 replies720 threads Senior Member
    Re: #3

    Presumably, some people do not fully trust all of the following:

    * The entities using the facial recognition technology to track presence or movement.
    * The accuracy of the facial recognition technology (as in, not mistaking an innocent person for a criminal).
    * That any databases of collected location information will be secure from criminals or spies trying to crack them.
    * That criminals will not be able to use disguises to cause innocent people to be "recognized" where a crime is being committed.
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