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Over the last 10 years, the use of facial recognition technology in surveillance has become more and more common around the world. Computer programs that analyze images of human faces to identify them are used to pick out criminals, and can even find lost children in a matter of seconds.
In total, there are now 96 countries today that are using facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes. But at what cost? The spread of this technology around the world has raised important questions about the impacts on privacy of such widespread surveillance.
Yet a growing number of states are deploying advanced AI surveillance tools to monitor, track, and surveil citizens to accomplish a range of policy objectives—some lawful, others that violate human rights, and many of which fall into a murky middle ground.