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With the number of cameras drastically increasing in our world, facial recognition is rapidly taking flight. Facial recognition is a biometric faceprint, where artificial intelligence maps an individual’s face mathematically. This faceprint is then stored in data. Later, the stored data can be compared with a live or digital image using deep learning to verify someone’s identity.

Facial recognition can be integrated anywhere there is a camera. As a result, the number of applications for facial recognition is growing rapidly, from security to retail and consumer electronics to government services. Face recognition is quickly becoming a dominant form of biometric authentication. However, it is not without dangers, and San Francisco is the first city to have just proposed to ban the use of facial recognition by any city department.

San Francisco plans to ban facial recognition because of the obvious privacy issues related to it. Especially if you value your privacy, you might want to have some control over how your data is used. After all, your face print is data and how and where that data is stored is often not clear. In China, they take face recognition to a whole new level. A level that for many Westerners would be …

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