Facial recognition technology is not just used in our smartphone to make everyday life easier and more convenient. As of 2016, the Netherlands has deployed facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology. The database of the Dutch police currently contains over 2.2 million pictures of 1.3 million Dutch citizens. This accounts for about 8% of the population. Hundreds of cameras have been deployed in the city of Amsterdam alone. This is not a future possibility, but a current reality. And all whilst this is happening we are helping the process. By uploading out selfies and photos on to our social media profiles we’re creating massive databases of images for companies to collect and use.


Maria Helena Norén © 2020