How does facial recognition work and is it really safe?


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In May 2019, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition, but this is an isolated example of resistance to this controversial technology.

In the UK, it's been used on numerous occasions, while London's Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it will start using the technology as part of its regular policing.

But how does it facial recognition work and is it accurate and safe? In this WIRED Explains video, security editor Matt Burgess breaks down the ins and outs of the technology and the issues surrounding its use.

This video was produced as part of Digital Society, a publishing partnership between WIRED and Vontobel where all content is editorially independent. Visit Vontobel Impact for more stories on how technology is shaping the future of society

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