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Facial Verification Won’t Fight Fraud


Combating benefit fraud through biometrics has led to the rejection of legitimate applications

This article explores how the increase in fraudulent benefit applications has led to some US states introducing facial verification systems. But these systems have racial and gendered biases, leading to the rejection of genuine applications and even criminal proceedings.

"It’s sadly predictable that government agencies are creating conditions for perpetuating algorithmic injustice."

The article also highlights further complications with the introduction of these systems, including the exacerbation of the digital divide and the infringement of equity, privacy, and civil rights. Despite there being no perfect solution, user-selected digital identity documents could help reduce the risks.

Our use of facial verification increasingly normalizes the expectation that our bodies should be used as a form of government ID. Whenever the government embraces facial verification and recognition, it creates momentum for further creep

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