In Detroit, where facial recognition software is used in police investigations, the software fails “96% of the time,” according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
Craig said as much during a public meeting on Monday, Vice reported. “If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say 96% of the time it would misidentify,” Craig said.
Police across the United States use facial recognition software, though several major cities have outright banned its use.
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Facial recognition software used by police to identify potential suspects is wildly inaccurate, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
“If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say 96% of the time it would misidentify,” Craig said in a public meeting on Monday, Vice reported. “If we would use the software only, we would not solve the case 95-97% of the time. That’s if we relied totally on the software, which would be against our current policy.”
Last week, the New York Times reported what may have been the first known case of a man being wrongfully arrested — in Detroit — after being misidentified by facial recognition software. Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was detained by Detroit police for 30 hours. Williams pointed out that the suspect on CCTV footage did not look like him, and a detective responded: “I guess the computer got it wrong.”
The city of Detroit uses facial recognition software developed by a company named DataWorks Plus, which said that facial recognition tech isn’t intended as the sole way of identifying potential suspects.
The system doesn’t “bring back a single candidate,” DataWorks Plus general manager Todd Pastorini told Vice. “It’s hundreds. They are weighted just like a fingerprint system based on …read more
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