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Biometrics: Facial Recognition

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Biometrics: Facial Recognition

Some law enforcement and other government agencies like DMVs and the State Department collect photographs of people’s faces. The digital images are then converted into a mathematical representation of pre-designated measurements, often called a “face template,” and uploaded into a common database. Manufacturers and advocates for facial recognition technologies often present these systems as a “silver bullet” for law enforcement, but they are often error-prone and present serious challenges to privacy and due process.

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