Facial recognition as a substitute for passports
Facial recognition is spreading more and more. It is revolutionizing airports by replacing the human methods of passport control. According to Geoff Culbert, CEO of Sydney Airport: “In the future, there will be no more passports … Your face will be your passport and your boarding pass at every stage of the process”.
The idea is to allow border crossing quickly to allow customs officers to focus on the most important risks.
Australia is at the forefront of technology. She conducted facial recognition tests in the week of July 2, 2018 through Qantas Airlines for flights departing from Sydney Airport to international destinations
France is not left out either because Paris airports Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle introduced this technology last June. At the Nice Côte d’Azur airport, also, it has been deployed for European Union citizens arriving from a country outside the Schengen area.
This technology can be a means to prevent terrorism and to ensure the effectiveness of customs controls that there will be less risk of identity fraud. In addition, it will save time because the registration, boarding … will also be automated. Airports will be less crowded and the risk factor of attack will be lower.
However, this will pose real privacy issues as such as fingerprint scanning can be the target of hackers. What will happen in this case?