Reportedly, facial recognition technology is a subject of much controversy owing to apprehensions over public surveillance. Concerning that in mind, an official at one top Chinese company deploying the technology asserted that getting it right would be something of a harmonizing act, with thoughts of data privacy and public security. Candy Wu—Vice President of CloudWalk—said to CNBC, “Privacy is one of the vital and very sensitive issues these days provided that the data is increasing quite rapidly.” As per a report from the South China Morning Post, the Guangzhou-based software company has been utilized to aid Chinese police to arrest over 10,000 criminals in the last 4 Years. The company also worked with lenders, which utilized its facial recognition software at ATMs.
The facial recognition firms are at the heart of a controversial debate regarding how the technology is dispensed in China to scrutinize citizens. Chinese tech firms counting Hikvision, Huawei, ZTE, and Dahua provide AI-powered (artificial intelligence) surveillance technology for many so-called “smart city” projects. In the last month, the U.S. added many AI companies implicated in the advancement of face recognition to a trade blacklist, in the midst of fears like firms were engaged in China’s confinement and scrutiny of Muslim minority groups. CloudWalk was not amongst the companies included on the list. Wu stated that Chinese officials find the public security module of facial recognition “very important” compared to privacy, while controllers in the U.S. and Europe want to make sure consumers’ privacy rights are valued.
On a similar note, recently, Microsoft planned to probe the work of one Israeli facial recognition startup it supported. Reportedly, Microsoft has recruited Eric Holder—Former U.S. Attorney General—for investigating whether the use of facial recognition technology advanced by an Israeli startup, AnyVision, the company funded complies with its moral values and principles.
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