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Most Americans oppose limits on facial recognition 

Three quarters of Americans are against the US government limiting the use of facial recognition technology, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation.

More than 54 per cent of Americans surveyed said they disagreed with strictly limiting the technology for public safety reasons.

People were also on-board with facial recognition technology if it meant it would speed up security lines at airports.

The survey showed that older Americans are more likely to oppose government limits on the technology. For example, 52 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds opposed limitations that come at the expense of public safety, compared to 61 per cent of respondents ages 55 and older.

In addition, women were less likely to support limits than men, with only 14 per cent of women supporting strictly limiting facial recognition if it comes at the expense of public safety, versus 23 per cent of men.

When asked whether police should be allowed to use facial recognition to help find suspects, support for using the technology that way increases depending on its accuracy. If the software is right 80 per cent of the time, then 39 per cent agree with using it. If the software is right 90 per cent of the time, then 47 per cent of respondents agree with using it. And if the software is right 100 per cent of the time, then 59 per cent agree with using it, while 16 per cent disagree.

Facial recognition and ticketing

Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology during a concert at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl stadium in early 2018 in an effort to spot potentially dangerous ‘super fans’.

In May last year, Ticketmaster invested in facial recognition firm Blink Identity as it looks to integrate the firm’s technology with its Presence tool. Later that year, the biometrics firm secured $1.5m in a new seed-funding round, with contributions from Live Nation.

In ticketing and event entry, the technology is continuing to be trialled at major events and venues globally. Biometric ticketing could be coming to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium after a deal was reportedly struck between the club’s owners and IdentoGO by Idemia. Idemia has similar partnerships in place with NFL American football teams the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, as well as the Barclays Center in New York, where both NBA basketball franchise the Brooklyn Nets and NHL ice hockey outfit the New York Islanders play their home games.

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