Facebook is testing new account verification system which asks users to record video selfies

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Facebook has been secretly experimenting with a new account verification system that asks users to take a video selfie of themselves to prove they're a real person. The new measure, which is currently in limited testing, asks users to hold their phone up at eye level with the camera enabled and then fit their faces in a circular frame that appears on screen. Users then record a video selfie following prompts that ask them to look straight ahead, to the right, to the left, and then straight ahead again. A new account verification tool Facebook is testing would require users to upload a short video selfie to prove they're a real person'This helps us confirm your identity and check that you're a real person,' an in-app message from Facebook says at the beginning of the process. The app promises that'no one else' will see the video, but it doesn't specify who actually will be allowed to see it either.


Uber India to introduce real-time facial recognition feature for drivers

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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.


'Face stealing' cap uses infrared to fool facial recognition systems

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A baseball cap that can fool facial recognition systems into think you're someone else has been developed by scientists. The face-stealing hat projects infrared light - which is invisible to the naked eye - onto your face to trick AI camera systems, which can see the spectrum. Researchers said the technology can not only obscure your identity but also'impersonate a different person to pass facial recognition-based authentication.' A baseball cap that can fool facial recognition systems into think you're someone else has been developed. They added that the face-stealing lights could easily be'hidden in an umbrella and possibly even hair or a wig.' Writing in the pre-publish journal ArXiv, the joint US and Chinese team, led by Dr Zhe Zhou of Fudan University in Shanghai, said: 'We propose a kind of brand new attack against face recognition systems, which is realised by illuminating the subject using infrared.


Facial Recognition in Banking – Current Applications Emerj - Artificial Intelligence Research and Insight

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Facial recognition software is making its way into the mainstream, with consumer applications such as the ability to unlock one's smartphone with their face. The banking sector has been at the forefront of enterprise adoption of AI since machine learning became the hot topic of the business world in the early years of the decade; as such, it makes sense that facial recognition technology would start to make its way into banking. There are a handful of companies offering facial recognition software to banks that at face value seem to have the requisite talent in their C-suite that we look for when vetting a company on their claims to leveraging AI. These companies offer software with applications ranging from physical security to the ability for customers to make withdrawals with their faces. That said, what we've found is that the application is relatively nascent in banking.


Facial recognition is helping Arizona police close criminal cases

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As facial recognition software becomes increasingly common in the private sector, law enforcement agencies are also seeing the benefits this technology can bring to solving and preventing crime.