January 27, 2023

Georgia man is falsely arrested after facial recognition tech gets it wrong

Another story regarding low accuracy from the privacy-invasive tech.

Facial recognition technology will be under scrutiny again following the technology led to the incorrect arrest of a man in Georgia on a fugitive warrant out of a state he has never ever been to.

In late November 2022, Randall Reid, 28, was  arrested   within DeKalb County, Georgia, after law enforcement officials in Louisiana used facial recognition to wrongly link him to the fraud of luxurious purses in Baton Rouge.

“ They told me I put a warrant out of Jefferson Parish. I said, ‘ What is Jefferson Parish? ‘” Reid said. “ There are never been to Louisiana a day in my life. Then they informed me it was for theft. So not only have I not been to Louisiana, I also don’t steal. ”

Reid, who is black, was launched after five days. The particular sheriff in Jefferson rescinded the warrant due to variations like a mole on Reid’s face. According to Reid’s lawyer, Tommy Calogero, there was furthermore about a 40-pound difference between Reid and the purse thief in the surveillance image.

Reid’s case renews criticism of facial reputation technology, particularly in relation to those with dark skin where the technologies is shown to be even more inaccurate.

Research implies that this technology is more prone to misidentify black people and those with darker skin than white people  but overall has low accuracy levels.

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