Now that face recognition is being used on a large scale, what is the public’s attitude towards face recognition? The Beijing News think tank found the answer through a questionnaire. Over 80% of the respondents opposed the use of face recognition in public consumption places, and over 50% of the respondents were unwilling to choose face recognition.

The survey report shows that 48% of the respondents are forced to use face recognition in access control and attendance; traffic security check, identity verification/registration are the most popular scenarios for face recognition; more than half of the respondents are unwilling to use it. Face recognition, entering passwords and fingerprints are the preferred verification methods for the public; over 80% of the respondents believe that face recognition should not be used in public consumption places.

As for the reasons, 81% of the respondents did not accept face recognition mainly because of “uninformed third-party technology companies”, and they were worried about personal information, data security, privacy issues, and property security. In addition, most of the respondents were not sure whether the loss was caused by face recognition, and only 15.85% of the respondents were sure that the loss was caused by it. 85% of the respondents expect a clear agreement before the use of face recognition technology, including clarifying the purpose of using the technology and how to protect information.

However, in specific use, tested 67 models and found that 31 APPs can activate the face recognition function by simply “clicking” without obtaining the user’s second “consent”. In addition, there are 31 apps when face recognition is activated, although there are clear terms related to face recognition, users can click to view the agreement, but they do not clearly emphasize the “agree” link for users to check, but weaken and blur A process that requires user consent and authorization. In only 5 apps, when the user clicks to activate face recognition, the terms such as the “User Authorization Agreement” and “Usage Agreement” appear, and they will clearly ask the user whether to “consent” to obtain face and other related information.

It can be seen that it is reasonable for the public to be more worried about face recognition than it must be. Experts also pointed out that the risk points of current face recognition technology are more concentrated in the storage link. Due to the variety of face recognition applications and no unified industry standard, a large amount of face data is stored in the centralized database of each application operator or technology provider. The outside world does not know whether the data is desensitized, whether the security is in place, which ones are used for algorithm training, and which ones will be shared by partners. Moreover, once the server is compromised, the highly sensitive facial data is at risk of being leaked. This puts forward higher requirements for the security of face data storage.
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