Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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Is biometric face recognition a technology that is mature enough to be used for payments? Like all security methods, there is no easy answer.

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conditional-probability (1)

There are many problematic issues with the use mass surveillance technology but the one we are talking about today is related to how they just don’t work very well.

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The ACLU has critiqued a recent project to use face recognition technology in New York schools. Is the criticism valid? Well, yes and no.

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aclupic

The ACLU did an experiment comparing a criminal watch list to members of Congress. The results got a lot of press but actually weren’t at all surprising.

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marbles

A recent blog post mentioned that the Android and Apple phone specifications call for at least a 1 in 50,000 probability of a false match. In other words, a randomly selected imposter will have a 1 in 50,000 chance of unlocking your phone with his fingerprint. Let’s visualize that.

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economics

When people, companies, or organizations make a choice about a particular identity mechanism, they are making an economic decision. Every mechanism has a cost – and these costs should be balanced. A perfect identity system will have so much friction that it will allow no customers and a frictionless identity system will allow plenty of customers, but unlimited fraud.

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eye

Humans are remarkably better at face recognition tasks than computers. We are so good at recognizing faces, that we don’t even realize it’s a difficult task.

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Sunglasses

Will $240 sunglasses protect you from face recognition? Maybe, but there are easier (and less expensive) ways to do it.

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Tor

NOTE: This is a reprint of an article originally published by Alex Kilpatrick in June …

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statue-face

Face matching is the easiest biometric for humans to identify with because we have done it literally from birth. And for the most part we are much better at it than computers – we can recognize faces with very little information, especially if they are familiar.

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