Is facial recognition the future of surveillance?

Aug 01, 2021

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Facial recognition is a method of recognizing or verifying a person's identification by looking at their face. Using facial recognition technology, people can be identified in pictures, films, or in real-time.

Facial recognition is a key component of biometric security. A biometric software program can recognize voices, fingerprints, or iris patterns. There is growing interest in using this technology for other purposes besides security and law enforcement.

How does facial recognition work?

With Face Recognition, people who pass special cameras can be matched to photos of individuals on watch lists, or even unlock their phones. The images can come from anywhere, including our social media accounts, and the watch lists can contain pictures of anyone, including those who are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Facial technology systems operate in a variety of ways, here are a few examples.

  1. An examination of the face

A picture of the face is taken and examined. Because it is easier to match a 2D image with public photos or those in a database, most facial recognition technology uses 2D images rather than 3D images. Your face's geometry is read by the software.

  1. Creating a data file from an image

Based on a person's facial traits, the face capture method converts analog information (a face) into a set of digital information (data). The examination of your face is effectively reduced to a mathematical formula. Faceprint refers to the numerical code. Each person has their own faceprint, similar to how thumbprints are unique.

Where facial recognition is used?

The technology has a wide range of use. We already know about phone unlocking through facial recognition. Here are some more of them:

  1. The medical industry

Face recognition is being used by healthcare professionals to gain access to patient records, speed registration, detect emotion and discomfort in patients, and even assist to identify specific genetic illnesses.

  1. Identifying drivers

Automobile manufacturers are experimenting with facial recognition to replace vehicle keys. The technology would take the role of the key to unlock and start the vehicle, as well as remembering the driver's preferences for seat and mirror placements, and also the radio station.

  1. Locating individuals that have gone missing

Missing people and victims of human trafficking can be identified using facial recognition technology. Assume that a database is created to track down missing people. In that instance, law enforcement can be notified as soon as a person is detected by face recognition, whether in an airport, a retail store, or another public location.

The risk from facial recognition security

The use of biometric data is often regarded as one of the most trustworthy methods of authentication, but it also carries a high level of risk. Because if a person's credit card information is compromised, that individual has the choice to freeze their credit and modify the personal information that was compromised. What happens if you lose your digital 'face'?

An increasing number of biometric data is collected, stored, and analyzed around the world, frequently by businesses and governments with a mixed track record of cybersecurity.

The question that is increasingly being posed is how secure the infrastructure that holds and processes all of this data is.

This article has been written by Omer Khan for The Paradigm

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