In China, face recognition is transforming many aspects of daily life. Employees at e-commerce giant Alibaba in Shenzhen can show their faces to enter their office building instead of swiping ID cards. A train station in western Beijing matches passengers' tickets to their government-issued IDs by scanning their faces. If their face matches their ID card photo, the system deems their tickets valid and the station gate will open. The subway system in Hangzhou, a city about 125 miles southwest of Shanghai, employs surveillance cameras capable of recognizing faces to spot suspected criminals.
Uber India will introduce its facial recognition-based Real Time ID check feature for its India app in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata, with more cities to follow soon, according to a report by Tech 2. Real Time ID check prompts drivers to take a selfie before they access the app or accepts a ride, which is then matched with their photo stored on Uber's servers. If the images do not match, the driver's account will be temporarily suspended as the matter is investigated. The security measure is intended to ensure that driver's biometric details are constantly being scrutinized while preventing drivers and their accounts from being compromised by fraudsters. In addition, the feature reassures passengers that the Uber driver on the app is, in fact, the same person who is picking them up. "This prevents fraud and protects drivers' accounts from being compromised," said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Uber. "It also protects riders by building another layer of accountability into the app to ensure the right person is behind the wheel.
Facial recognition technology is being deployed in airports, security cameras and in our phones. Now, Tokyo is using facial recognition in an unexpected way - to serve up targeted advertisements to taxi passengers as they're ferried to their destination, based on their age and gender. The unsettling practice was discovered by Google privacy engineer Rosa Golijan, who posted a photo of a tablet she encountered when hopping into a taxi in Japan. Facial recognition technology is being deployed in airports, security cameras and in our phones. Now, Japan is using the tech to serve up targeted ads to passengers in taxis.
This photo taken on February 5, 2018 shows a police officer wearing a pair of smartglasses with a facial recognition system at Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou in China's central Henan province. Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition that has drawn concerns among human rights groups. We seem to be heading into a future where facial recognition technologies are going to be part of everyday life. Cities all over the world are now bristling with cameras, and in the case of China it is impossible to avoid being monitored either by CCTV or even by police wearing special glasses and then logged onto a database that checks on your habits, your social credit and even who your friends are. At the same time, cameras and facial recognition are increasingly being used in public and private buildings.