Singapore will be the first country in the world Face verification technology is essential for citizens to prove their identity. Note that the verification is not the same as facial recognition, a technology that misused social networks like Facebook into trouble until it is no longer used. Review means fewer privacy concerns.
Singapore uses facial screening as a national identification system for its citizens
The difference between verification and recognition is important. A facial recognition system scans a person’s face to find out who it is. Instead, a face verification system requires the user’s consent This will scan their facial features and give them access to public and private services in return for Singapore.
With the introduction of this technology, the Singapore government aims to replace physical identifications such as ID cards and passports, streamline bureaucratic procedures and contribute to the island’s digital economy. Since it is a government-run service, companies that use facial verification do not store users’ biometric data and only compare it to government data.
This technology, developed by the British company iProov, already in use in some services in Singapore. Currently it is already in use in some offices of the country’s tax authority and in the DBS bank, where users are allowed to open an online account using this system. It is expected that it will soon also be used to monitor security in sensitive areas such as ports or airports and to ensure that students take their own exams and no one else shows up for them.
The facial verification system can be used by any company who wish, provided they meet government requirements. It only asks users to give their consent and they know they are using this technology.