Facial Recognition has gained popularity in recent years. You might have noticed that most photo applications automatically tag a name to a photo as soon as you upload it to their platform – this is due to facial recognition software. Now it is being introduced for consumer security in smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.
Initially the technology was used by airport administrations and various law enforcement bodies around the world but nowadays almost everyone with a smart phone is using this technology. Most applications on a smart phone rely on this feature for security purposes. An increase in the usage of this technology has led app developers to integrate this feature into their applications.
According to a report by Component, the facial recognition market is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2019 to over $7.0 billion by 2024 in the U.S alone. Although this technology has been heavily adopted in a very short period of time, there are some very serious concerns that need to be addressed.
In order to make facial recognition technology more reliable, companies are collecting data from wide varieties of sources without the conscious consent of users. In most cases users install the application on their device without reading the terms and conditions of the application which allows the companies to monetize this data .
Another concern is security. Facial recognition data is like your password. Anyone who has access to your facial recognition data can use this information as though they were you – anywhere where facial recognition is used. The first level of this exposure will likely be felt when the first database of facial recognition information is hacked and leaked to the dark web. The technology is still new to the industry and developers are continuously improving this technology. If you use this technology, we recommend that you also use two factor authentication.
When it comes to uniquely identifiable data such as fingerprints, your face or your DNA, be extremely careful where this is shared. The more valuable the data, the higher the likelihood that it will be hacked and end up for sale to those who can monetize it for profit.
Naqi Nazir is a Consultant at Triella. We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Naqi can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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