Face value

July 12, 2019 · Print This Article

An article about automated facial recognition caught my eye this morning. Apparently, the Home Secretary has backed trials by police forces in the UK using the technology to spot suspected criminals in public spaces.

But civil rights campaigners warn this latest development is a grave threat to privacy, claiming the system has the potential to turn us all into suspects. What do you think?

Of course, we humans have our very own facial recognition system built into our brains and we use it all the time. It works so well that often we remember faces better than names. For Christians like me this points to something beyond ourselves. A God who created each of us with unique faces that can be immediately recognised by family and friends must surely be a personal God who knows every one of us and cares for us all wherever we are.

 

All the very best,

Peter Mill

peter.mill@gracecom.church

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