PH mulls purchase of facial recognition software

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED June 8, 2018 11:18 am
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(Inside Manila) In its continuous bid to further upgrade the country’s security and defense technology, the government said it is ready to purchase facial recognition software, as well as drones, to give troops significant headway in tracking extremists.


This was bared by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenza in a recent television interview.


Facial recognition software is a very useful technology capable of identifying or verifying a person from a digital image or a video frame from a video source. It is typically used in security systems by other countries and can be compared to other biometrics such as fingerprint or eye iris recognition systems. 


The Philippines’ life-long ally, the United States, through State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales, has also urged the country to use biometrics and passenger name records to hunt down extremists. He said that while identification cards can be faked, fingerprints and facial scans help validate a person’s identity.


The proposed National Identification System, if enacted, will collect biometrics from the ID holder, including fingerprints, iris scan, and facial image. While a National ID does indeed look like a means to elevate the country’s security measures, some groups claimed it might violate the right to privacy.


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