Universal Studios in Singapore introducing facial recognition scanners

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Visitors to Universal Studios in Singapore will now have to pass through facial recognition scanners to enter the park, in the city-state’s latest foray with a technology that has stoked privacy concerns. Usage of facial recognition technology – which allows firms or authorities to match people picked up on cameras with those on databases – has risen globally in recent years, stirring worries about surveillance and how data collected will be used. Digitally-connected Singapore has embarked on many projects that use the technology, including an ambitious scheme to put cameras on lamp-posts linked to facial recognition software. It declined comment on which company was providing the facial recognition technology. China’s Universal Studios theme park due to open in Beijing next year also plans to use facial recognition technology, according to media reports.

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