Avi Ascher-Shapiro reports:
Every face is different. The precise space between eyes, the curve of the cheek, the fullness of the lips — the sum of these features distinguishes one person from another, even identical twins.
Today, a decent camera and a mathematical algorithm can easily capture these characteristics and convert them into an individualized “faceprint” — a unique identifying tag much like a fingerprint.
Capturing, storing, and ultimately selling facial biometrics has quickly become big business. A recent research report valued the global facial recognition market at $1.3 billion in 2014. It could double by 2022.
For now, this market is completely unregulated by the United States government.
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