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What are the dangers of facial recognition technology?

Civil liberties groups say privacy should not be traded for protection, but governments argue it ensures safety.

Such criticism has not prevented other governments in the world from promoting facial recognition networks in the name of security. Police departments across the UK have conducted street trials of facial recognition cameras, and the Chinese government has used the technology to track citizens and crackdown on the minority Uighur Muslim community .

So, is privacy the ultimate price for security?

In this episode, The Stream chats with civil liberties advocates and facial recognition specialists to explore the ethics of the technology and how it is being used around the globe.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Matt Cagle @matt_cagle
Technology and civil liberties attorney, ACLU of Northern California

Silkie Carlo @bbw1984
Director, Big Brother Watch

Lily Newman @lilyhnewman
Security reporter, WIRED

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