BP#7 Concerns Over Facial Recognition Software and Privacy.


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With security technology getting more advanced more and more of the public’s privacy and privacy rights are put at risk.A new report by a think tank at Georgetown University is calling for greater oversight in the use of emerging facial recognition software that makes the images of more than 117 million Americans — a disproportionate number of them black. With access to drivers licenses’ and other forms of ID photo’s for reference, This allows law enforcement to pull up a “virtual line-up” without warrant.  Because African-Americans disproportionately come in contact with law enforcement, There photo’s would be over-represented in the database.

Arguments against the unrestricted use of this technology abound. With over-represented photos and contact, African-American’s would be singled out and identified as criminals and wrong-doers more frequently. This would end up directing and racially motivating more police interaction with the black communities.  So the question can be asked would utilitarian principals be effective in regulating this technology?  For a starting point the situation addressed above would be non-optimific because it doesn’t hold individuals accountably equally. Disproportionate targeting holds black crime of a higher importance in a negative sense. The Ideology that targeting black crime will help reduce crime overall has been proven non-optimific by way of the evidence that targeting majority black neighborhoods has lead to a rise in violence crimes. Despite the intended results, The actual results of the actions lead to a larger net balance of crime. Despite this an utilitarian approach to regulating law-enforcement would be useless. If preventing crime is the goal than preventing as much of it as possible would be the optimific goal. This is problematic because a utilitarian would not discern between varying levels of crime. It would hold crime as a constant. Minor speed violations, and petty crimes would be targeted equally as violent crimes. Situational discretion is necessary in order for crime-prevention and go against utilitarian principals thus the answer to the questions is no, utilitarian principals would not work to regulate emerging technologies.


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