Briefcam Responsible Use Examined

By Zach Segal, Published Aug 24, 2020, 08:10am EDT (Info+)

While mega-companies Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft have been criticized for facial recognition and AI analytics, Canon-owned Briefcam is far more widely used by physical security and police departments.

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Briefcam recently issued 'responsible use' guidelines but what do they mean and how far did they go? We spoke further with Briefcam to understand how they aim to ensure ethical use and avoid their technologies to be used to violate civil rights.

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Comments (2)

There is one simple fact that has to be acknowledged - "resposible use" and civil rights / privacy do vary tremendously from one country to another. In EU we have the GDPR regulation protecting private data and rights, in other countries it is not present; in some countires facial recognition and personal data gathering is considered highy inappropriate and is banned, in other countires it is acceptable and widely used; in some countries civil liberties are highly protected through regulations, in other countries there are opposite regulations allowing for tracking individuals and their activities. So I think it would be unrealistic to expect the manufacturers of software to have such guidelines or requirements into their EULA as they cannot fit each region and each market. Any global vendor has to take in account the cultural and social differences around the world. It is also somewhat strange to blame a software vendor for not having ethical precautions, when the weapons industry for example is a booming market and I'm not sure those vendors have the world peace or civil rights guaranteed in their EULA...

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strange to blame a software vendor for not having ethical precautions, when the weapons industry

Not sure arms dealers are what security companies want to baseline their morals on...

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