Face recognition technology has rapidly found its way into modern society, from policing to shopping. Is it too late to hold back the tide?
LAST December, Ed Bridges was mingling with the crowds of Christmas shoppers on the streets of Cardiff, UK, when the police snapped a picture of him. He has been trying to get them to delete it ever since.
Bridges hasn’t been convicted of a crime, nor is he suspected of committing one. He is simply one of a vast number of people who have been quietly added to face-recognition databases without their consent, and most often, without their knowledge.
For years, critics have warned that the …