Singapore moves forward with national facial recognition system

Singapore citizens will soon be able to use their faces to gain access to various government services. The country will specifically allow people to use facial recognition to log into their accounts when taking advantage of Singapore’s comprehensive SingPass digital identity program.

The SingPass Face Verification feature was announced back in July, and is part of a broader $1.75 billion USD digital transformation initiative that was launched in 2014. The technology will enable passwordless SingPass logins on personal devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers, and at public kiosks located throughout Singapore.

Over time, SingPass Face Verification could also support the use of facial recognition in other public and private sector applications. The technology was trialed at a bank in July, and could be used to verify the identities of students taking exams.

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