Australian official questions facial tech bias
06 February 2020 08:09 GMT

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow told the country's ABC channel that facial recognition technology has more errors when subjects have darker skin.

"Those errors are not evenly distributed across the community," he said in an interview.

"So, in particular, if you happen to have darker skin, that facial recognition technology is much, much less accurate."

He added: "When you use that technology in an area where the stakes are high, like in policing or law enforcement, the risks are very significant."

Mr Santow's comments came amid government attempts to establish a centralised database for national security and official verification purposes that would include facial images drawn from documents such as passports and driver's licences, as well as other personal information.