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A face recognition system will scan faces and match them to biometric chips on passports.
Airline passengers are to be screened with facial recognition technology rather than checks by passport officers, in an attempt to improve security and ease congestion, the Guardian can reveal.
From summer, unmanned clearance gates will be phased in to scan passengers' faces and match the image to the record on the computer chip in their biometric passports.
But there is concern that passengers will react badly to being rejected by an automated gate. To ensure no one on a police watch list is incorrectly let through, the technology will err on the side of caution and is likely to generate a small number of "false negatives" - innocent passengers rejected because the machines cannot match their appearance to the records.
Gus Hosein, a specialist at the London School of Economics in the interplay between technology and society, said: "It's a laughable technology. US police at the SuperBowl had to turn it off within three days because it was throwing up so many false positives. The computer couldn't even recognise gender. It's not that it could wrongly match someone as a terrorist, but that it won't match them with their image. A human can make assumptions, a computer can't."
Originally posted by Agent47
Ok how then should the world's police/security forces ID criminals/terrorists/fugitives/smugglers or other wise unsavory people?
To many on this board it seems any sort of lists or identification equipment is just a hop skip and a jump to 1984.
I'm not even going to say this is necessary for terrorism (because some will say terrorism is an "invention of the shadow government blah blah". Take for example child pornography, Interpol has a list of people it wants for various sick and depraved crimes. These people have faces. If someone on this list travels to the airport and gets ID'd and caught where is the world suffering?
I just don't see how people expect this standard of absolute privacy above all else and then either ask for security or bitch when something goes wrong.