Automated facial recognition in the public and private sectors .: IP54-70/2013E-PDF

Some security applications of facial recognition technology are undoubtedly beneficial, such as authentication of employees allowed to access nuclear plant facilities, for example. At the same time, facial recognition holds implications for privacy and for societal values in general. Some commentators have even concluded that facial recognition technology could spell the end of anonymity. This research paper aims to explain in simple terms how facial recognition technology works, examine some applications in the public and private sectors, and discuss the privacy implications.

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Publication information
Department/Agency Canada. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Title Automated facial recognition in the public and private sectors .
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Issued also in French under title: Reconnaissance faciale automatisée dans les secteurs public et privé.
“March 2013.”
Includes bibliographic references.
Publishing information Gatineau : Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2013.
Description 14 p.
Catalogue number
  • IP54-70/2013E-PDF
Subject terms Identification
Digital technology
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