Singapore first in the world for facial verification

Singapore will be the first country in the world to use face verification in its national identity scheme.

Singapore first in the world for facial verification


Biometric checks will provide Singaporeans with secure access to both private and public services.


The government's technology agency says it will be "fundamental" to the country's digital economy.


His case has gone to a bank and is now being prosecuted’ across the country. It not only identifies a person but also ensures that he really exists.


"You have to make sure that the person actually exists when they verify that you are not looking at photography, video or replay recordings or deep fakes," said I Perro, founder and chief. Executive Andrew Bud said. Is a company that provides technology.


The technology will be integrated’ with the country's digital identity scheme, Sing Pass, and will provide access to government services.


"This is the first time that cloud-based face authentication has been used to secure the identities of people using the National Digital Identification Scheme," Mr. Bud said.


Verification or recognition?

Both facial recognition and facial verification depend on scanning a subject's face, and matching it to an image in an existing database to establish one's identity.


The key difference is that authentication requires the user's explicit consent, and the user receives something in return, such as access to their phone or their bank's smartphone app.


In contrast, face recognition technology can scan the faces of everyone at the train station, and alert authorities if the wanted offender passes through a camera.


"There are all sorts of social implications in facial recognition. Facial verification is very kind," Mr. Bud said.


However, privacy advocates claim that consent is limited when dealing with sensitive biometric data.


"Consensus does not work when there is a power imbalance between controllers and data subjects, as is observed in state-to-citizen relations," said Evans Kovacs, legal officer for Privacy International, based in London. ۔ "


Business or government?

In the United States and China, tech companies have jumped on the bandwagon.


For example, Apple supports Face ID or Google Unlock Fees to validate a range of banking applications, and Alibaba in China has the SmilePay app.


Many governments are already using facial verification, but some have considered incorporating the technology into national identity.


In some cases, this is because they do not have a national identity card. In the United States, for example, most people use officially issued driver's licenses as their original form of identification.


China has not sought to link facial verification to its national identity, but last year enacted laws requiring consumers to have their faces scanned when purchasing a new mobile phone, in order to provide an identity card. They can be’ checked.


Nevertheless, face verification at airports is already widespread, and is being used’ by many government departments, including the UK Home Office and the National Health Service and the US Department of Homeland Security.


How will it be’ used?

Singapore's technology is already in use at Singapore's tax office branches, and one of Singapore's largest banks, DBS, allows users to use it to open an online bank account.


It is also possible to check in safe areas at the ports and to ensure that students take their own tests.


It will be available to any business that wants it, and meets the needs of the government.


Cook Quick-Sen, Senior Director of National Digital Identity at Government Tech Singapore, said, "We don't really care how this digital face authentication can be used unless it meets our needs. ۔ "


"And the basic requirement is that it is done with consent and individual awareness."


The Government of Singapore believes the technology will be good for businesses, as they can use it without having to build the infrastructure themselves.


In addition, Mr. Cook said, it is better for privacy because companies will not have to collect biometric data.


In fact, they will only see a score that shows how close the scan is to the image the government files.


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