|Figure 1 : You may see policemen of the future wearing sunglasses with built-in surveillance capabilities.|
|Figure 2 : Facebook is starting to use facial recognition to detect photos of you where you haven’t been tagged.|
A Word on Privacy
Before closing, it’s worth highlighting the common questions of privacy. There exists a trade-off between the added security that facial technology can bring (in terms of surveillance etc) and the reduced amount of privacy that people have when their faces are being scanned (since permission isn’t required by law). In China, where the technology has seen most use and development, privacy laws are less strict, meaning that facial recognition can be used with more flexibility. In time, these questions will have to be tackled at a global level, in a similar way that data rights are being addressed with the incoming GDPR. For now, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to keep up to date with all things LUCA.