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US: New facial recognition security system nabs first imposter



US: New facial recognition security system nabs first imposter

Facial recognition remains a controversial issue for many people, but the technology is proving its worth at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Just three days after it was implemented, the system identified an imposter attempting to make his way into the US using a fake passport.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) writes that a 26-year-old man from Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented a French passport to the CBP officer conducting primary inspections.

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Thanks to the new facial comparison biometric system, it was discovered that his face didn’t match the photo in the passport.

The CBP officer sent the traveler for a comprehensive examination, at which point his authentic Republic of Congo identification card was discovered hidden inside his shoe.

He was apprehended, processed, and sent back to Brazil. US officials said this was the first identity scam to be detected using biometric entry and exit comparison, which is now in operation at 14 airports.

Dulles first tested the system back in 2015, before fulling implementing it on Monday.


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