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Facial recognition can help restart post-pandemic travel. Here's how to limit the risks.

Lofred Madzou

World Economic Forum

Dec 16, 2020

Facial recognition technology is increasingly being used by transportation companies to mitigate passenger fears about COVID-19 transmission by offering contactless identity verification. Though the potential benefits of this technology are robust, its implementation comes with some significant worries. The widespread use of facial recognition tech raises concerns over privacy, runaway surveillance, and racial profiling. In this article, the World Economic Forum outlines a framework for how to regulate this technology, including self-assessment questionnaires and the creation of an audit framework that would help validate the effectiveness of the process.

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