UK watchdog warns of emotion-analysis tech risks – BBC

Companies should not use immature biometric technologies to analyse emotion, the Information Commissioner's Office has warned.
The ICO is worried organisations are making critical decisions about people without appreciating there is no scientific evidence the tech works.
And it could cause "systemic bias, inaccuracy and even discrimination".
Deputy commissioner Stephen Bonner told BBC News the worst tech was little better than a fortune-telling fish.
The movements of the translucent red plastic fish, often found inside Christmas crackers, when placed in the palm of the hand, supposedly predict the future.
Mr Bonner also compared the fantastic claims made for some biometric technologies to the magic sorting hat from the Harry Potter books.
Biometric information is based on physical and behavioural characteristics, such as facial movements or heartbeats.
The ICO was not against properly used biometrics, Mr Bonner told the BBC News Tech Tent Podcast, stressing some technologies – such as face and fingerprint scans to access smartphones – could protect people's data very effectively.
But scientists told the ICO there was no robust link between people's inner emotions and intent and the expression on their face or sweat on their skin.
As an example, Mr Bonner suggested recruitment technology that analysed a three-minute video and claimed to be able to tell "if this person will be a brilliant fit in your team".
Post-doctoral researchers at Cambridge University recently raised similar concerns about some of the claims made for artificial-intelligence image-analysis systems used to assess a job candidate's personality.
Mr Bonner said the ICO was warning companies: "If you go and buy this technology without any evidence that it's actually working and then there's harm for individuals, we're going to step in."
And it wanted to protect the reputation of legitimate biometric applications from association with ineffective technologies.
New biometrics laws urgently needed, review finds
Biden and Trump at rallies on last day of US midterms campaign
Fisherman tried to break window to save pilots
We are on highway to climate hell, UN chief warns summit
What Trump is hoping for on election night
How US voters get shown hate online
Looking for clues in video of forgotten massacre. Video
The election deniers who could control the 2024 vote
The agony of not knowing, as Mariupol mass burial sites grow
Twitter users jump to Mastodon – but what is it?
The big issues facing Egypt's COP27 climate summit
The surprising truth about the Philistines
South Koreans demand justice for Itaewon dead
The young US men choosing vasectomies
Istanbul's beloved 'brothel dessert'
The world's greatest unpaid debt?
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.