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Facial Recognition Concerns Abound

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

November 23, 2011

Law enforcement and privacy advocates are at odds over whether the development of facial recognition technology will prove to be "the most significant policing technology since DNA testing or the next privacy disaster waiting to happen," The Age reports. The feature explores the potential use of the technology by police to link suspects to crimes alongside advances that mean "the technology doesn't even need to have people looking into the camera for it to work." Privacy advocates are voicing many concerns, including that--unlike passwords and other personal information--facial recognition "is a form of biometric identifier" that cannot be "revoked" if a breach occurs.  
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