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ID CEO Backtracks on Claims Company Doesn't Use Powerful Facial Recognition Tech

Wednesday January 26, 2022. 09:19 PM , from Slashdot
Identity verification company ID.me uses a type of powerful facial recognition that searches for individuals within mass databases of photos, CEO Blake Hall explained in a LinkedIn post on Wednesday. From a report: The post follows a news release from the company last week stating directly that: 'Our 1:1 face match is comparable to taking a selfie to unlock a smartphone. ID.me does not use 1:many facial recognition, which is more complex and problematic.' Hall's post on Wednesday confirms that ID.me does indeed use 1:many technology. Privacy advocates say that both versions of facial recognition pose a threat to consumers. In addition to numerous studies demonstrating the technology is less effective on non-White skin tones, amassing biometric data can prove a huge security risk.

'Governments and companies are amassing these databases of your personal biometric information, which unlike databases, of credit cards, cannot be replaced,' explained Caitlin Seeley-George, campaign director at nonprofit Fight for the Future. 'And these are databases that are highly targeted by hackers and information that can absolutely be used in ways that are harmful to people.' In the Wednesday LinkedIn post Hall said that 1:many verification is used 'once during enrollment' and 'is not tied to identity verification. It does not block legitimate users from verifying their identity, nor is it used for any other purpose other than to prevent identity theft,' he writes.

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