Author: Mary Haskett
US citizens have the right to opt-out of airport face recognition programs. This might cause a slight delay but maybe not. Even a small error rate would cause thousands of people to be misidentified every day so you might actually be speeding things up by skipping the surveillance.
Biometric identification technology is advancing faster than established best practices and laws that address their use. Four states have laws that cover biometric privacy – is that good enough?
In general, people are terrible at assessing risk. We intuitively associate familiar with safe and unfamiliar with dangerous. When bad things happen, we want someone to do something, even if it’s not helpful. This generally isn’t a good thing.