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Facial recognition

Overview[1]#

Facial recognition refers to the Identification or Verification a Natural Person from a digital image or a video frame from a video source and finding a match for the Physiological Characteristic biometric data based on the mathematical pattern-recognition between two digital images or a video frames.

One of the ways to do this is by comparing selected facial features from the image and a facial data Store.

Facial recognition is typically used in security systems and can be compared to other biometrics such as fingerprint recognition or eye iris recognition systems.

Recently, Facial recognition has also become popular as a commercial identification and marketing tool.

Your Face is Your Boarding Pass#

Facial recognition scanners are already at more than a dozen United States airports.

The use of Facial recognition in United States airports has been spearheaded by United States Customs and Border Protection, part of the United States Department of Homeland Security, which has been testing these systems as part of its “Biometric Exit” program since 2015.

“Since its inception, over two million passengers on over 15,000 airline flights have used the technology on exit,” the agency boasted earlier this month.

The initiative scans the faces of passengers taking international flights out of the United States and matches them to identity photos the CBP has on file.

By the end of 2021, CBP has been given the goal of scanning the faces of passengers on 16,300 airlines flights per week. In 2019 the United States Department of Homeland Security said it plans to scan the faces of “over 97 percent” of departing international passengers by 2023.

While CBP has said it will only keep facial exit scans for a maximum of 14 days, the rules for partner airlines are vaguer. Speaking to the New York Times last summer, a CBP official said that while he doubted airlines would want to keep fliers’ biometric data, "it would really be up to them."

United States Customs and Border Protection uses the Traveler Verification Service.

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