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Facial Recognition Credited with Stopping Identity Theft

BIOMETRICS

February 25, 2011

When it comes to identity theft, facial recognition is a useful tool, The Vancouver Sun reports. That is based on information from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) that its two-year-old facial recognition program has helped stop fraudsters who have attempted to steal deceased children's identities for fake driver's licences or identity cards. Since putting the technology in place, the ICBC has investigated 600 such frauds, the report states, and many of those cases have resulted in convictions. Facial recognition allows ICBC to know "if somebody has a licence in another name, another licence in their own name or a prohibition on a licence," spokesman Adam Grossman said. "It's too early to know the cost benefits but we're catching some pretty serious cases."
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