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OLG: Facial Recognition Targets "Problem Gamblers"

BIOMETRICS

July 22, 2011

Rideau Carleton Raceway is one of a number of Ontario-based casinos that have begun using facial recognition technology to prevent "problem gamblers" from entering casinos, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) introduced the new technology this spring to help with the province's estimated 300,000 "problem gamblers." The OLG's Paul Pellizzari says 19 out of the province's 27 casinos are now using facial recognition systems, adding, "We took what the industry standard was for encryption and we enhanced it and did a number of other things to make it hard to hack into. But if it was hacked into, unauthorized people would not be able to access the data."
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