Facial Recognition is a biometric identification process to identify, verify, and authenticate the person using facial features from any photo or video. Facial recognition system works on comparing facial biometric patterns of the face of interest with the database of known faces to find the match. Advancements in security & surveillance have changed the way data is captured and how to drive actions and make the best use of data in the future. Security systems can be as fundamental as the video camera to as complex as the biometric system to monitor, detect and record the intrusion. Today's surveillance market has evolved and moved beyond these traditional cameras, and technologies like biometric facial recognition is taking centre-stage.
Facial recognition technology is generating lots of excitement. Yet, it is also very controversial around issues like privacy, reliability, possible bias and lack of regulation. As a result, businesses must beware of the potential disadvantages of facial recognition. There is much criticism about the use of facial recognition technology. Thus, interest groups tend to be very opinionated about it.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. The Trump administration's efforts to impose new immigration rules drew attention -- and legal fire -- for its restrictions on the ability of people born in certain majority Muslim countries to enter the U.S. In the frenzy of concern, an obscure piece of the executive orders did not get scrutinized, or even noticed, very much: its expansion of facial recognition systems in major U.S. airports to monitor people leaving the U.S., in hopes of catching people who have overstayed their visas or are wanted in criminal investigations. It's a much more powerful version of the method your phone or computer might use to identify friends in your photos. Using computers to recognize people's faces and validate their identities can streamline access control for secure corporate and government buildings or devices. Some systems can identify known or suspected criminals.
If you've had a driver's licence photo or passport photo taken in Australia in the past few years, it's likely your face will end up in a massive new national network the federal government is trying to create. Victoria and Tasmania have already begun to upload driver's licence details to state databases that will eventually be linked to a future national one. Legislation before federal parliament will allow government agencies and private businesses to access facial IDs held by state and territory traffic authorities, and passport photos held by the foreign affairs department. The justification for what would be the most significant compulsory collection of personal data since My Health Record is cracking down on identity fraud. The home affairs department estimates that the annual cost of ID fraud is $2.2bn, and says introducing a facial component to the government's document verification service would help prevent it.