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Chinese Police Use Facial Recognition Technology to Nab Criminals

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Facial recognition technology stands to revolutionize the security industry, matching known criminals with their stored images. But this technology is already in use in China, and it’s leading to ethical questions.

Wearing sunglasses that facilitate the technology, police officers were able to conduct a sting at a busy train station in Zhengzhou. During the operation, they identified seven criminals and arrested them, confirming that their crimes ranged from hit-and-runs to human trafficking charges. An additional 26 people were caught using fake IDs using the sunglasses.

The sunglasses can take a snapshot of a person and rapidly compare it to database-stored photos. Once a match is made, the police officer gets the suspect’s address and name. The sunglasses are only the latest in the country’s plan to build the world’s largest camera surveillance network. Already there are approximately 170 million cameras throughout China, with 400 million more expected to be installed within three years. Facial recognition and artificial intelligence are part of the network’s technology.

However, the public fears that the technology could lead to abuse. Instead of merely apprehending known criminals, for instance, it could eventually be used to profile minorities or track down people who go against the government.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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