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Privacy, data security concerns as facial recognition becomes more common

November 18, 2019 / Zhaki Abdullah

Used for everything from unlocking smartphones to boarding flights, the use of facial recognition technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. But even as it becomes more commonplace, care must be taken to ensure it is not misused, say experts. Facial recognition is increasingly being employed in Singapore. Earlier this month, it was announced that hotels here will be able to use an automated system which employs facial recognition to speed up the check-in process for visitors. And by 2025, facial recognition – together with iris and fingerprint scans - will be implemented at all of Singapore’s immigration checkpoints, as part of border security efforts under the National AI Strategy announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Nov 13.