Facial recognition technology is all over the place, and it’s just getting more so. Big tech pitches it as a security feature that prevents outsiders from unlocking your iPhone or front door. Government entities, such as police forces, use it as well. They, throughout the world, employ facial recognition technology to identify and follow dissidents, and police in Hong Kong have used it against demonstrators. According to a study (https://www.perpetuallineup.org/) by Georgetown University academics, more than half of adult Americans’ faces are stored in police databases.
To combat face recognition technology, privacy-conscious designers, researchers, activists, and academics have created wearable gadgets and clothing.