Security companies are updating their technology to recognize people wearing masks and measure temperatures, and are making the argument that facial recognition could become widely sought as a global security solution. However, this technology still has serious privacy-threatening implications that need to be considered.
With fears of spreading the coronavirus at the forefront of everyone’s minds, security companies are arguing that facial recognition systems may be a safer, cleaner option than traditional biometric access control systems.
The claim is not coming without controversy, as fingerprint scanners have become increasingly common as access control solutions at facilities around the world. But as organizations like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York Police Department shut down their typical employee fingerprint scanning protocols due to the pandemic, facial recognition could become a more attractive option to businesses.