Passport ID Technology Has High Error Rate

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2004-08-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Federal researchers say the passport program's face-recognition technology has an error rate of up to 50 percent.

The State Department is moving ahead with a plan to implant electronic identification chips in U.S. passports that will allow computer matching of facial characteristics. A chip woven into the cover of the passport would contain a digital photograph of the travelers face. But federal researchers who have tested face-recognition technology say its error rate is up to 50 percent if photographs are taken without proper lighting.

Critics argue that the error rate is far lower for fingerprints.

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