Sometimes you will find the posters of shoplifters’ adorning the windows of some small town shops in an order to scare the would-be thieves and threaten them with the non-verbal saying, “I’m watching you.”
But these unofficial posters come and go as the memory starts fading away from the shopkeeper’s mind.
As we now know, facial recognition is being used by many retailers to keep a track of the customers coming in and going out. Thus, making it easier for them to catch shoplifters. However much of a boon it is, it also means that now there is a digital record of your face being circulated by all the shopkeepers there exists. If one of them sees you as a threat, then most likely the others see you as one too.
In the long run, it means you will not be able to go shopping for necessities as well.
While that may be good news for the shopkeeper, it also raises concern on potential overreach. Facial recognition straddles on the edges of it being a boon to this world or being a possible concern for the privacy breach.
Privacy advocates fear that regulations cannot keep up with the technology this leading to devastating and horrifying consequences.
Unless we find victory in absolutely conquering this technology, we’d prefer to walk on the streets in complete anonymity, without the fear of someone tracking you or identifying you. The technology is being used more frequently now – from Taylor Swift using it in her concerts to identify potential stalkers to schools in Sweden using it to mark attendance to airports in Australia using it for checking in purposes.
In the United Kingdoms, it is being used to check whether beer buyers are old enough to buy it or not. Millions of photos from social media are being used to train facial recognition with the people’s consent.
Revenue from the facial recognition is expected to reach an estimated value of $10 million dollars by the year 2025, which is double the market’s value in 2018. But despite the prediction of rapid growth in the future, there is no nationwide enforcement on this technology in the USA.