Heathrow is rolling out a facial recognition system where a camera compares your face to the photo stored in a passport’s embedded chip. Facial recognition remains controversial — technology trialled by British police makes plenty of mistakes — and raises concerns about privacy and algorithmic bias.
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch says:
“Passengers deserve to know… who processes our face IDs, where they are stored and who they might be shared with.
So-called ‘faceprints’ are highly sensitive data that uniquely identify us, much like fingerprints and DNA. It will be important for people to know how their Face IDs will be handled and by which companies.”
Computerworld UK – Heathrow Airport aims to roll out facial biometrics by summer 2019