Podcast: The end of privacy? The spread of facial recognition
This podcast was recorded before the US Federal Trade Commission told a company called 'Ever' to delete any facial recognition algorithms they developed without consent
The proliferation of both surveillance technologies and companies that develop or use them have provided governments with a plethora of opportunities to secretly collaborate with private actors and exploit us. At the same time, these collaborations provide companies with more opportunities to monetise our data.
Surveillance outsourcing often seeks to exacerbate governments' already unnecessary intrusions upon our everyday lives and undermine our fundamental freedoms. It does so by blurring the lines between private and public spaces as well as by normalising surveillance.
From the NHS collaborating with Palantir in the UK to Amazon working with police forces round the world to distribute Ring video doorbells to Huawei reportedly helping intelligence officials in Uganda to curtail civil dissent and peaceful assembly - public-partnerships are creeping in to ever more aspects of our lives.
PI questions whether these partnerships are able to adhere to strict transparency and due process standards. Entrusting companies with policing our communities ultimately means more abuse, discrimination and inequality, undermining democracy.
What most of the partnerships mentioned above have in common is a lack of transparency underpinning them.
The last thing we want, by entrusting companies with these intrusive tools, is creating one more reality full of exploitation and abuse. And, similar to governments failing to adhere to their transparency and accountability obligations, companies are often hiding behind confidentiality and trade secret exceptions to refuse to provide us with information about their data practices, for example.
The minimum we should expect is for governments and companies to adhere to their existing standards and obligations.
Together with our global network, we advocate to protect the right to privacy, autonomy, and dignity.