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Concerned About Privacy with Police Facial Recognition
half think it’ll be positive for their ability to solve crimes
Toronto, June 11th,
2019 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™
among 1157 Toronto voters, 4 in 10 (41%) say the oppose the use of facial
recognition technology by police services. A third (36%) say they support the
use of facial recognition technology, while a quarter (24%) say they are not
4 in 10 are concerned the technology
will not be used appropriately
4 in 10 (41%) say
they do not trust that facial recognition technology will be used appropriately
by police services, while a third (35%) say yes, it will be used appropriately.
A quarter (24%) are not sure.
likely to say they don’t trust the technology will be used appropriately
include those aged 34 and younger (59%), the least wealthy (47%), and living in
the former City of Toronto (48%) or York (n=67 54%).
say facial recognition technology will impact their privacy
(BTM2: 51%) say they
are concerned that the use of facial recognition technology will impact their
privacy, with a quarter (24%) saying they are very concerned.
Just over 4 in 10
(TOP2: 44%) say they are not concerned that the use of facial recognition technology
will impact their privacy, with quarter (25%) saying they are not concerned at
likely to say they are concerned (BTM2: 51%) include those aged 34 and younger
(64%), males (54%) and earning $20-40,000 (56%), $40-60,000 (55%), $60-80,000
1 in 20 (6%) say
they aren’t sure whether it will impact their privacy.
split on whether facial recognition is good value for money
4 in 10 (TOP2: 38%)
say they think facial recognition technology will provide good value for money,
but only 1 in 10 (13%) say that they think it will provide a very good value.
4 in 10 (BTM2: 38%) say that facial
recognition technology won’t provide a good value for money, with a quarter
(26%) saying it won’t provide a good value at all.
A quarter (24%) say
they aren’t sure if facial recognition technology will provide good value for
money or not.
think it will help solve crimes
Half (TOP2: 47%) say
they think it will have a positive effect on the police’s ability to solve
crimes, with about one-fifth (19%) saying it will have a very positive effect.
A quarter (BTM2:
25%) say it will have a negative effect, with 1 in 10 (13%) saying it will have
a very negative effect.
Almost a third (28%)
say the effect will be neither positive nor negative.
“There are obviously
some great concerns with the idea of a police service using facial recognition
technology,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research. “Torontonians
are concerned about their privacy, about how the data will be used, and
generally just lean toward opposition. Almost half say that facial recognition
will have a positive effect on crime solving, though, so even if residents have
concerns, they do recognize the use of this technology could provide a benefit,
despite those concerns."
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at (416) 960-9603.