Face Recognition Technology is Here

Face Recognition Technology is Here

As Apple`s new smartphone is using face recognition, maybe it`s worth noting that the technology might soon be part of our daily lives.Reports rel

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As Apple`s new smartphone is using face recognition, maybe it`s worth noting that the technology might soon be part of our daily lives.

Reports related to Apple`s new phone indicate that the face scan will work thanks to infrared and 3D sensors within its front-face camera, as Guardian (theguardian.com) wrote. Android users can also expect similar face unlock features, according to the article. But is face technology used only by smartphone providers?

In China, face recognition is already utilised to gain access to office buildings. For instance, employees at e-commerce company Alibaba in Shenzen can show their faces to enter their offices instead of using ID cards. A train station in western Beijing matches passengers` tickets to their IDs by scanning their faces, while the subway system in Hangzhou, a city located about 125 miles southwest of Shanghai, uses surveillance cameras that can recognize faces to spot suspected criminals, according to a report published in MIT Technology Review.

In Russia, face recognition technology has reportedly been used to identify anti-corruption protestors, as the Guardian reported while quoting meduza.io.

Retailers are also reportedly using the technology to identify suspected shoplifters, as the Guardian pointed out. In Europe, some high-end hotels employ the technology to help recognize VIPs and celebrities.

Whereas some support the technology`s introduction in various fields, others fear this can lead to a breach in privacy.

“What happens once you’ve stored someone’s data with a profile based on their face?”, commented Geoff White, a privacy specialist with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, who spoke to the Guardian.

“How safe is it from hackers? Who has access to that information, and what other types of information is it being correlated with?”, as he added.

Face recognition has arrived in our pockets thanks to Apple`s new smartphone. It is to be seen how the technology will impact our daily lives.

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