Facebook does not seem to be afraid of facial recognition. Code Explorer, Jane Manchun Wong, has discovered a reference to a so-called facial recognition system on the mobile Facebook app, which can help verify your identity.
You need to take a “video selfie” where you look in different directions to give Facebook a more complete view of your face. It would look a bit like Apple’s face recognition and similar systems, but there is no indication that a depth sensor is required.
Facebook promises that “no one else” sees the video and deletes it after 30 days, though it is not as secure as systems like Face ID (which do not allow the data to leave the device) and only captures “math presentations” of your face ).
There is also an updated procedure for submitting your photo ID for account verification. It’s much less refined and just take a photo of your ID card on a flat, well-lit surface and submit it.
We asked Facebook for a comment. Code like this does not necessarily guarantee that a function will be performed – it’s sometimes a test of something that may never see the light of day.
In this case, however, this could be discussed controversially. While Facebook has addressed issues, it’s still true that the company continues to address privacy issues.
Facebook is working on Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification, asking users take selfie looking at different directions pic.twitter.com/w4kZHEpDeG
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 5, 2019
A facial recognition-based identity system can reduce the risk of your account being compromised, but it can also (rightly or wrongly) raise concerns about the misuse of facial data by the company or the risk of infringement.
Facebook tells Engadget that this is a test, but that it uses “no face recognition”. Just recognize a movement to make sure you’re a living person, not a bot. Think of it as a higher CAPTCHA. This also means that Facebook stores facial data but does not use it for facial recognition.
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