FC: California's Oakland airport will use face-recognition software

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Nov 03 2001 - 10:35:39 PST

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    From: "carl spitzer" <cwsivat_private>
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    Subject: One you may have missed Oakland Airport to use face-recognition system
    Oakland to be first U.S. airport to use face-recognition ID system
    Oakland International Airport announced Wednesday it will become the first 
    airport in the country to use face-recognition technology, capturing the 
    contours of travelers' eye sockets and nose curvatures on film, then 
    comparing the images to a law enforcement database.
    Despite concerns from civil liberties experts that the technology can be 
    fraught with inaccuracy, the Oakland Police Department has used the 
    biometric facial ID technology for the past year.
    The rest of the police departments in Alameda County are expected to soon 
    begin using the technology while booking alleged criminals. The system 
    costs from $30,000 to $150,000 per police department, officials said.
    Airports such as Canada's Pearson International Airport in Toronto and 
    Keflavik International Airport in Iceland already employ the facial 
    recognition technology. And at least two companies say they will be 
    installing scanning cameras in other major U.S. airports in coming weeks.
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