UK passport program uses AI to create a virtual speed-line for white people

UK passport program uses AI to create a virtual speed-line for white people

Tristan Greene 09/10/2019


The lighter your skin, the better AI-powered facial recognition systems work for you. The UK Home Office knows this, because the government‘s been briefed several times on the problem. And a recent report shows that it knew it was developing a passport program built on biased, racist AI. It just doesn’t care. The UK’s passport program went live in 2016. It uses an AI-powered facial recognition feature to determine whether user-uploaded photos meet the requirements and standards for use as a passport photo. The system rejects photos that miss the mark. In the time since its launch, many black users…

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