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Facial Recognition At More Airports

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Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport is currently testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box. KLM is conducting a three-month trial of facial scanning technology at the Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Passengers must register at a kiosk near the gate to participate by scanning their passports, boarding passes, and, of course, their faces. Three-dimensional facial recognition scans measure dozens of features such as jawline and distance between the eyes.

European citizens with biometric passports can use special “ePassport” gates at major airports to get through border control, such as these in the UK, which are also open to citizens of other countries like the US and Canada who register in advance

In the United States, Global Entry patrons enter via booths that check people’s identities against biometric data. Private biometric screening company Clear also scans a passenger’s fingerprint or iris with speedy lanes available at 20 airports across the US, and Clear says it plans to expand to two others in the coming weeks. Passengers still have to go through security screening but enter through a dedicated aisle. The company said it has 700,000 members.

Moreover, it’s totally legal for a US Customs and Border Patrol officer to ask you to unlock your phone and hand it over to them. And they can detain you indefinitely if you don’t. Even if you’re an American citizen.

Australia Wants To Eliminate Passports & Replace With Facial Recognition

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Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection is aiming to do away with the need for passports at its international airports by introducing systems for biometric recognition of the face, iris and/or fingerprints.

International arrivals could speed through airside without ever interacting with a human official as the new technology is expected to eradicate the need for passport checks and passenger cards. Besides making the arrival experience more efficient, officials also believe the system will be better at identifying passengers on watch lists.

While a number of airports have for several years been using so-called smart gates that prompt travelers to scan their passports upon arrival, the new system, which the government wants in place within the next three years, goes much further.

The authorities plan to trial the new technology at Canberra airport from July before taking it to a busier airport, such as Sydney and Melbourne, for further testing in November.

Facial Recognition & Police

A new study published Tuesday by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology.

The study reveals:

  • Around 117 million American adults are already in a facial recognition network.
  • The FBI runs searches of face recognition databases more often than wiretaps.
  • About 25 percent of police departments across the country have access to facial recognition networks. Those networks are often cross-referenced with databases of ID photos such as driver’s licenses.

According to the report. law enforcement can do almost whatever they want with this technology, including scanning the photos of people who have never committed a crime. No state legislature “has passed a law comprehensively regulating police face recognition,”

Cossing New York’s Bridges With Facial Recognition Technology

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Under The New York Crossings Project,10 bridges and tunnels leading into the city will be equipped with facial recognition and license plate reading technology, giving police a comprehensive record of every car making the crossing.The proposal already has civil liberties groups in an uproar.they are saying, “Governor Cuomo’s plan has the potential to put thousands and thousands of people’s images and data in a massive database that could be used by the government for who knows what,” said the New York Civil Liberties Union in a statement. “There is also an enormous risk that innocent people will be misidentified as terrorists, especially people of color who are more likely to be inaccurately identified by the technology.”

JFK Airport Using Facial Recognition Tech

The introduction of facial recognition technology at JFK Airport follows a trial of the technology at Dulles International Airport in 2015. (Image: U.S. CBP)

Customs agents unveiled the technology, which involves biometric readers matching a person’s face to their passport.

Initially, the readers will be used to screen passengers arriving from countries where visas are waived and to randomly check on returning US citizens.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using facial recognition technology to further secure the border control process at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The system is being used to match first-time Visa Waiver Program travellers and US citizens returning to the United States with the photo stored on the chip of their e-passport.

The introduction of the technology at JFK Airport follows a trial of facial recognition technology at Dulles International Airport last year. When that trial came to an end in May 2015, CBP revealed that it was exploring further trials.

Under the current process passports are manually checked by CBP agents, so the introduction of the biometric check reduces the risk of human error.

In December 2015 the US announced plans to overhaul the Visa Waiver Program, which is used by more than 20 million travellers per year, in an effort to tighten security in the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris

Facebook’s Faceless Recognition Technology

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Researchers at Facebook have developed an experimental identification algorithm that takes into account a person’s face and their clothing, body shape and pose. It’s facial recognition – but with no face pic required. The Facebook team analyzed over 40,000 public photos from Flickr. In some photos, the subject has their face visible; in others, faces are obscured. Facebook’s experimental algorithm was able to successfully identify people with 83% accuracy using other features. This does’nt seem as impressive as the human-level performance of Facebook’s facial recognition, but it’s still a surprisingly strong and shows how potentially powerful this tech could be. The new feature is expected to make its way to the social network to help identify and tag people in photos more accurately. But may come with controversy about privacy implications on such a powerful identification algorithm. This is especially true once it moves beyond Facebook, used out in the real world by the police and other authorities.

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