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Facial Recognition is Expanding


John Shrall
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On a trip to the US last week I stopped at the Global Entry kiosk in DFW. Instead of being prompted to insert my passport for a scan. the machine wanted a photo. The system identified me from the photo and knew the flight number of the plane I had arrived on. One more touch and out popped the receipt for exit. Fast but kind of eerie especially because the photo was really bad and yet they found me.

I passed through DFW in January where the passport scan was still in effect so this is new.

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I went thru Phoenix in July and DFW in August - and had booked wheelchair ' cause I do walk but  only need transport on those REALLY LONG walks at some airports.  So while sitting in a chair, the machine took a photo - top half of my face and blurry and still identified me. 

Scary!

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Went thru Global Entry  at IAH (Houston) with facial recognition last week.  Fast!  My photo on the receipt was practically a silhouette, but I think that is meaningless; if you 'pass' the kiosk face scan, that's all that matters.  The receipt is simply proof to the immigration agent that you passed the facial recognition scan.  

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Just now, zerbit said:

Wonder when chipping at birth will be promoted under the guise of better healthcare records, national security, personal security, bill payment  or just plain old convenience? 

Soon I suspect.

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