Stevens and Solomun, ‘Facing the Realities of Facial Recognition Technology: Recommendations for Canada’s Privacy Act’

ABSTRACT
Canada’s federal institutions are collecting, using, and disclosing people’s facial information. They are also increasingly relying on technology that uses this information, in combination with automated decision-making processes, to uniquely identify individuals. This is happening in Canada today, without adequate direction and protection from the Privacy Act. The use of this technology raises significant privacy and security concerns for people in Canada, including the potential to enable mass surveillance and discrimination enabled by systems trained on datasets already imbued with prejudice and bias.

By implementing the following recommendations to amend the Privacy Act, the Government of Canada can mitigate serious privacy and security risks currently faced by people in Canada with respect to facial recognition technology …

Stevens, Yuan and Solomun, Sonja, Facing the Realities of Facial Recognition Technology: Recommendations for Canada’s Privacy Act (February 17, 2021).

First posted 2021-06-02 11:00:01

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