Face recognition is prohibited - but it is still ubiquitous

Face recognition is prohibited but it is still ubiquitous

Since 2022, Delta has been working with CBP to offer international travelers flying from Atlanta the option to check in and go through security using face recognition instead of standard documents. In 2022, the airline used face recognition during boarding for 86 percent of its international departures from Atlanta; the proportion fell during the pandemic as a result of modified boarding processes, but is now on more than 60 percent of international trips and rising. Delta recently expanded the program to allow domestic passengers with TSA Precheck departing from Atlanta to progress from boarding to boarding using just the opposite for identity. The airline built the new system in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration, CBP, and the travel security company Pangiam, and plans to roll it out to other airports, starting with Detroit .

Ranjan Goswami, Delta's senior vice president of customer experience, said the new process in Atlanta is making travel more convenient for travelers and is "a plan for the future. "The program is free, and Delta does not save or store any biometric data," says Goswami.

Shaun Moore, a Pangiam executive who joined the company when it first received Trueface face recognition earlier this year, says the debate over the police use of the technology could destroy value in areas other. "It paints the industry a little unevenly," he says. "While talking about regulation for the purpose of law enforcement is shaking up, we have focused on areas where there is less anxiety and less risk and where people are being comforted. ”

Moore states that Pangiam does not offer its technology to law enforcement and supports the regulation of such practices. The Air Force will also use Pangiam technology to speed up identity checks at entry points, and the Everest cryptocurrency exchange will use it to sign up to new customers.

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Finance companies are also showing interest in face recognition with distance identity checks. Incode, a San Francisco-based identity verification startup, says its face recognition verified more than 140 million identities in 2022, about four times more than in the previous three years combined. The company's customers include HSBC and Citigroup, and recently raised $ 220 million in funding from investors including JP Morgan.

Caitlin Seeley George, campaign director at the nonprofit Fight for the Future, is getting face recognition spreads at airports and other areas of everyday life. "We need to stop face recognition, because the harm of this technology far outweighs any benefits," she said.

George believes that the use of the technology is dangerous or risky as it helps to customize the collection of personal and biometric data that can be captured or used. "The more people see it, the more comfortable people feel," she says. "When we do things for convenience we may not think through all the consequences."

At the same time, George is optimistic about introducing face recognition. It marks Facebook's decision to shut down their tagging system, the issuance of local bans, and legislation introduced into every house of Congress this year by a group of Democratic lawmakers and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) banned the use of face recognition by federal agencies. Similar bills were introduced in 2022 but did not go to a vote.


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