‘Toxic’: Woman says ‘the future is now’ as she tests facial recognition technology

An Oregon woman who says she was forced to undergo a facial scan after she was told she was pregnant is angry and is suing the technology company that provided the procedure.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland claims that the facial recognition system that the company developed for the medical marijuana industry is “highly dangerous and is used against pregnant women and those who may be concerned about their safety and well-being.”

“In addition to being harmful to women who have not yet been identified, the technology creates a false sense of security, leading to false positive findings, which can lead to miscarriages, premature births, or death,” the lawsuit said.

The company, which also sells facial recognition software to other medical marijuana companies, does not provide a specific timeline for when facial recognition is likely to be released for medical use.

The lawsuit says the technology is not yet available in Oregon and claims the facial scan was done by a “medical doctor” and not a nurse practitioner.

The Oregon attorney general’s office said it was unable to comment on the case because it is currently in litigation.

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