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Researcher Introduces New Facial Recognition Software

BIOMETRICS

August 12, 2011

New facial recognition technology that can identify individuals irrespective of their placement within a photo was unveiled Tuesday at a conference in Vancouver, the Toronto Sun reports. The software is capable of scanning thousands of photos into a database where "telltale signs" of individuals' hair, eyes and ears can be recognized. Similar technology is used by the Insurance Corporation of BC to help police identify assailants, but the province's privacy commissioner is monitoring its use. The researcher who unveiled the technology queried, could "government just use this technology...to look for a particular person? It's not our method, but yes."
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