October 29, 2020

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Federal agencies concerned face masks will thwart facial recognition tech

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The US Department of Homeland Security has raised...

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The US Department of Homeland Security has raised concerns internally that face masks meant to protect against the spread of COVID-19 may interfere with facial recognition technology, The Intercept reported. It also appears worried about the use of face masks to evade law enforcement even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

A bulletin from May 22nd, which was drafted in conjunction with other federal agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, discusses β€œthe potential impacts that widespread use of protective masks could have on security operations that incorporate face recognition systems β€” such as video cameras, image processing hardware and software, and image recognition algorithms β€” to monitor public spaces during the…

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