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Commissioner: Facial Recognition With Privacy Is Possible

BIOMETRICS

July 29, 2011

While social networks struggle with appropriate ways to use facial recognition technology, organizations across Canada have implemented it for a wide range of purposes, and Canadian "e-passports," expected out next year, will also contain a chip to be used with the technology, reports The Globe and Mail. One privacy expert says "there is a tendency to over-rely on technology," adding, "It has the potential to slip from one purpose to the next so easily no one stops to ask why or what are you doing with it." Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian also warns of the risks of unintended use, but says privacy is possible in these technologies with proper controls. 
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