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Singapore Is The First Nation Using Facial Recognition For Paying Taxes

Singapore is seeing online government services being accessed by facial recognition. This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, as per a report in AFP.  

This technology is being used in the SingPass digital identity scheme, which provides access to over 400 online services, including tax declarations and public housing applications. It is also being used for other online services, like banking. 

This new function, dubbed SingPass Face Verification, lets users connect securely to government websites, as well as online services on private websites. The function is designed to work via home computers, tablets and cell phones, as well as at public kiosks. 

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According to the Singapore authorities, the technology helps ensure that the right person is genuinely present in front of their screen, rather than a photograph, a video, a replayed recording or a deepfake. 

Facial recognition has made huge progress in recent years. Its most widely used application today is for unlocking smartphones. Plus, in China, facial recognition technology can be used to identify individuals in a crowd. 

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In the future, facial recognition could find other applications in Singapore, such as making sure students sit their own examinations or for verification purposes in secure areas of the city-state’s ports. 

Source: MSN

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