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Face Recognition Biometrics – What You Need to Know About Personal Privacy

Facial Recognition Biometrics & Personal Privacy

Face Recognition Biometrics – What You Need to Know About Personal Privacy

Facial Recognition, once a concept relegated to science fiction, is nowhere and becoming more and more prevalent. A key question then becomes, how will it be used? Will this be something that helps secure my privacy, or will it make it even harder to keep information private?

So, what really is the state of your personal privacy? Below are four things you need to know about facial recognition and your personal safety online.

1.  You Probably Already Use it

Whether or not you’ve thought about it, you probably already use facial recognition technology on a small scale. Whether it’s unlocking your iPhone X or getting auto-tagged in your friend’s Facebook post, you’ve interacted with facial recognition technology. The question then becomes, is it more of a help or hindrance to your personal privacy?

2. Use it to Get Your Data

You have a lot of information out there. From clothing stores to the DMV, everyone has footage of you on their security cameras. If you live in California, there is now legislation that allows you to take a hold of your information. The new legislation allows anyone to request a copy of any footage a business may have of them. 

At first, this may seem like an impossible task. How would any business be realistically expected to find all this footage? This is where facial recognition comes in to actually help the everyday citizen. If someone provides the business with a photo of themselves, facial recognition software now has the ability to find all instances of your face. There is even some technology that will allow companies to retroactively blur a specific face. 

3. Law Enforcement Uses it Too

Law Enforcement has now begun using facial recognition in cases they deem appropriate. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that “To not use technology like this would be negligent. This is the future.” Shea also discussed how important it is for there to be checks and balances on law enforcement using facial recognition. The system is not infallible but can be useful if used with caution and other evidence.

4. Facial Recognition as Identification

Facial Recognition can also be used to make your day-to-day life easier. Fidentity uses facial recognition software to make signing into work easier than ever. Fidentity’s Zenscan is a visitor management software that can scan your face, take your temperature, see that you have a mask, and clock you in, all hands-free.

During a time like the COVID-19 pandemic, this is both a very safe and efficient way to conduct business. Zenscan can store over 100,000 faces and keeps all information safe and secure. If you would like to learn more about this product, use this link to find out more.

Facial Recognition doesn’t have to be scary. With proper legislation, it can be a very useful tool to make your life safer and more secure. Now you can think about how facial recognition software may help you in your life.

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