NSW suggests facial recognition could replace Opal cards in 'not too distant future'

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Facial recognition could be used to replace swipe cards on public transport, the New South Wales government has suggested, but the opposition and digital rights groups say it would pose a risk to privacy. The transport minister, Andrew Constance, said on Tuesday he wanted commuters "in the not too distant future" to be able to board trains using only their faces, with no need for Opal cards, barriers or turnstiles. "I'm about to outline some concepts which may seem pretty crazy and far-fetched," he told the Sydney Institute on Tuesday. "But look at it this way – who would have thought in 1970 that you'd be able to use a handheld device to have a video conversation with someone on the other side of the world? "I want people to not think about their travel.


Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive - Times of India

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BEIJING: No cash, no cards, no wallet, and no smartphones: China's shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology. China's mobile payment infrastructure is one of the most advanced in the world, but the new systems -- which require only face recognition -- being rolled out nationwide could make even QR codes seem old-fashioned. Customers simply make a purchase by posing in front of point-of-sale (POS) machines equipped with cameras, after linking an image of their face to a digital payment system or bank account. "I don't even have to bring a mobile phone with me, I can go out and do shopping without taking anything," says Bo Hu, chief information officer of Wedome bakery, which uses facial payment machines across hundreds of stores. "This was not possible either at the earliest stage of mobile payment -- only after the birth of facial recognition technology can we complete the payment without anything else," he explains.


China Is Quickly Embracing Facial Recognition Tech, For Better And Worse

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An employee uses a facial recognition device as she swipes her badge to enter the assembly line area at a Pegatron Corp. factory in Shanghai, China, on Friday, April 15, 2016.(Photo Would you want to have your face tracked by ever present cameras so others can know your identities and whereabouts? While the answer is likely to be no for many in the west, the scenario is becoming a reality in China. Facial-recognition technology, once a staple of Minority Report-style movies, is quickly inserting itself into the daily lives of more and more people in the country. Unfettered by privacy regulations, China's largest internet companies are scooping up hundreds of millions of photos from their online apps to teach computers to analyze facial features.


Alipay debuts electronic identity card pilot in three Chinese cities

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Alipay has rolled out an electronic identity (ID) card certified by the government in three cities in China, the company has announced. Users of the mobile payment app can receive an ID card, certified by the Ministry of Public Security, after facial recognition authentication and use it just like a physical card for certain services in the cities of Zhangzhou, Hangzhou, and Fuzhou. The ID card will have a two dimensional code that can be scanned for verification and will be valid for certain administration services, hotel check-ins, and ticket purchases. Alipay said the ID card can only be used after fingerprint or facial recognition, and that its facial recognition had an accuracy of 99.99 percent. China is promoting its so-called "Internet Government" initiative to roll out one-stop services that use the internet to increase convenience.


Smile-to-pay: Chinese shoppers turn to facial payment technology

The Guardian

China's shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology. In a country where mobile payment is already one of the most advanced in the world, customers can make a purchase simply by posing in front of point-of-sale (POS) machines equipped with cameras, after linking an image of their face to a digital payment system or bank account. "I don't even have to bring a mobile phone with me, I can go out and do shopping without taking anything," says Bo Hu, chief information officer of Wedome bakery, which uses facial payment machines across hundreds of stores. "This was not possible either at the earliest stage of mobile payment – only after the birth of facial recognition technology can we complete the payment without anything else," he explains. The software is already widely used, often to monitor citizens.