What would happen if the European Union banned facial recognition

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Facial recognition is much more than a biometric system that serves to easily unlock the mobile. It is also used to identify people in protests or crimes, improve the quality of photographs, spy on the population, etc. In reality, most of us do not see the great scope of this technology and how companies and governments could misuse it. Hence, the European Commission, according to a document leaked by Euactivbe considering temporarily prohibit the use of facial recognition In public places.

According to the report, the ban would be from 3 to 5 years, since the European Commission would take advantage of that time to investigate the scope of facial recognition and thus establish standards for its use. In theory, this would only apply to train stations, sports stadiums, shopping centers and other public places. But, What would happen if the final document also prohibits the use of facial recognition on smartphones? Coming up next, we tell you.

The consequences of a ban on facial recognition

mobile facial recognition

Facial recognition is one of the fastest growing technologies in recent years. Today, it is a staple of Europe’s private and public surveillance networks. Therefore, its prohibition would delay the progress of surveillance systems and would bring back the old verification systems in public places, that is, passwords, PINs, keys, etc.

Basically, with this measure users would only see their comfort affected for the fact of not being able to access certain restricted sites just by showing your face. However, it would also affect them indirectly as law enforcement agencies would not be able to identify criminals’ faces as easily as they could with facial recognition.

What would happen to mobile facial recognition?

Improve Samsung facial recognition

Let’s not forget that the ban would only be temporary and possibly worth the privacy benefits it would bring to users. Now, if it is decided to ban facial recognition also on smartphones, there would be other consequences. The mobiles they would reach the market with facial recognition blocked by default and some apps may not offer you certain functions.

Of course, mobile manufacturers would be forced to send an update that blocks facial recognition of their devices that are already on the market. In such a way that, if you now use facial recognition to unlock your mobile, you will have to change the authentication method for the fingerprint sensor, PIN or password. Even with a software ban like that, the quality of your phone’s camera might get worse. The worst part would be the latest iPhone, which does not have a fingerprint reader and would have a ridiculous pin option to be blocked.

Even so, all this is just speculation, as we really do not know if the EU will ban facial recognition. It is expected that in February the European Commission issues a statement on the matter. So, we better wait to find out what exactly will happen with this technology.

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