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Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters


In the past year, thousands of people in the U.S. have tried to trick facial identification verification to fraudulently claim unemployment benefits from state workforce agencies, according to identity verification firm Inc. The company, which uses facial-recognition software to help verify individuals on behalf of 26 U.S. states, says that between June 2020 and January 2021 it found more than 80,000 attempts to fool the selfie step in government ID matchups among the agencies it worked with. That included people wearing special masks, using deepfakes--lifelike images generated by AI--or holding up images or videos of other people, says Chief Executive Blake Hall. A look at how innovation and technology are transforming the way we live, work and play. Facial recognition for one-to-one identification has become one of the most widely used applications of artificial intelligence, allowing people to make payments via their phones, walk through passport checking systems or verify themselves as workers.

Millions of Americans seeking unemployment benefits must submit to facial recognition software

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As the US continues to deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic, many states are requiring residents to submit to a facial-recognition software program to collect unemployment benefits. Currently 25 states are using, a Virginia-based online identity network, CNN reports. Two more have signed contracts and at least seven others are in discussions. To register with, clients verify their identity online--comparing a valid photo ID with a video selfie taken on their phone. State agencies say they are trying to trim processing time and address the rising tide of benefits fraud that's developed during the pandemic.

Democratic lawmakers want FTC to investigate controversial identity firm


A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate, the controversial identification company best known for its work with the Internal Revenue Service. In a letter addressed to FTC Chair Lina Khan, the group suggests the firm misled the American public about the capabilities of its facial recognition technology. Specifically, lawmakers point to a statement made at the start of the year. After CEO Blake Hall said the company did not use one-to-many facial recognition, an approach that involves matching images against those in a database, backtracked on those claims. It clarified it uses a "specific" one-to-many check during user enrollment to prevent identity theft.

Congress pressures more agencies to end use of facial recognition after debacle


Members of Congress are continuing their push against facial recognition used by the federal government in the wake of the IRS decision to stop using facial recognition software. On Wednesday, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and Rep Ayanna Pressley joined Senators Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley in calling for DHS to end its use of Clearview AI's facial recognition technology. "Facial recognition tools pose a serious threat to the public's civil liberties and privacy rights, and Clearview AI's product is particularly dangerous. We urge you to immediately stop the Department's use of facial recognition technology, including Clearview AI's tools. Clearview AI's technology could eliminate public anonymity in the United States," the members of Congress wrote in a letter to Homeland Security. "It reportedly allows users to capture and upload photos of strangers, analyze the photographed individuals' biometric information, and provide users with existing images and personal information of the photographed individuals found online.

Companies are betting on a new way to protect your identity: the selfie.

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Already ubiquitous at parties and for capturing Instagram-worthy landscapes, the act of raising a phone to your face and finding the perfect photo angle could take on a whole new role in people's finances. Some banks, tax agencies and tech companies are making the selfie an integral step for people checking their bank accounts, shopping online and filing tax returns. Forced to find creative ways to guard against the rising threat of identity theft, a growing number of companies are moving from a system that tests people on what they know, such as a password. Now they want to ask consumers to provide evidence of something that can't easily be changed or copied: their face. "In our opinion, the password is dying," said Tom Shaw, vice president of enterprise security at financial services firm USAA.