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The new debate over technology and privacy rights

The use of facial recognition technology could mean that those who have shoplifted in Florida could be banned from stores across the country. This could result in a person not being allowed to shop anywhere, which may be an example of technological overreach. Furthermore, it could violate a person's fundamental right to privacy to not be tracked wherever he or she goes. Privacy advocates contend that technology is moving faster than the ability to create new regulations.

There is also an issue regarding the technology's precision. An individual could experience a variety of negative consequences if he or she is falsely accused of being a shoplifter or criminal of any type. Currently, there is no specific rule as to how precise the technology needs to be before it's put into use. Some facial recognition programs have been improving their accuracy by using photos posted to social media sites, which raises privacy concerns of its own.

This type of technology is used around the world for a variety of purposes. For example, Australia uses it at airports while stores in the United Kingdom use it to make sure customers are old enough to buy beer. Taylor Swift uses the technology to make sure that she is safe while performing. Sales of facial recognition software are expected to reach $10 billion by 2025.

Individuals who are charged with theft may face a variety of penalties if they are convicted. For instance, they could face jail time, a fine or community service. In some cases, they may be banned from entering a store either temporarily or permanently. An attorney may help a person obtain a plea deal or an acquittal in a theft case by casting doubt on evidence used against the defendant at trial.

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