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The Positive Side of Facial Recognition

BIOMETRICS—CANADA

August 30, 2012

The use of an opt-in facial recognition scheme to help gambling addicts stay out of Ontario’s 27 government-run casinos has been conducted in a “privacy-friendly” manner, Bloomberg Business reports. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has been a proponent of the system due to its incorporation of privacy protections, the report states. Only images of opted-in gamblers are kept in a database, and they are encrypted. If a hacker were to breach the system, the information would make no sense. Cavoukian has backed biometric encryption, saying, “I just don’t want any identifiable biomarkers out there.”
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