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    June 20, 2023

    Exploring Privacy and Security with Facial Biometrics

    In the world of facial recognition, there is a new and better path; Facial Authentication.

    Facial biometrics has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to secure access to devices, buildings, and other areas. While it is a convenient and secure way to verify a person's identity, legacy systems have been challenged with potential privacy and security concerns, especially when used for surveillance. But, new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions, designed from the ground up with privacy and security at the forefront, are changing the face of biometric authentication for access control.

    One of the main advantages of facial biometric technology is that it does not require the user to remember passwords or carry physical tokens such as keys or badges - credentials that can be lost, stolen, or shared - which cannot happen with a person's face.

    However, some legacy systems, especially those used in surveillance, scraped individuals' images off the internet and often used this information without the knowledge and consent of the individual. This led to privacy and legal challenges and risks with using facial recognition. In particular, it relies on the collection and analysis of biometric data, which can be sensitive and personal in nature.

    There is a new and better way - Alcatraz AI’s Facial Authentication.

    How does Alcatraz AI protect your privacy? 

    To address these concerns, Alcatraz AI has implemented a number of measures to ensure the privacy and security of its users. Many facial recognition systems use an actual picture of the user, which is Personal Identifiable Information (PII), which will also lead to the need to re-enroll users at odd times as people's appearances change over time. Alcatraz AI has created a robust Facial Authentication system, harnessing patented technology that converts 3D images exclusively into "data blobs" which can never be reconstituted into the original images from which they are created. Our groundbreaking approach guarantees utmost security by preventing any disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) or actual images. Moreover, Alcatraz AI uses AES-256 military grade encryption for data at rest and TLS 1.2 for data in transit. 

    Alcatraz AI Certified by National and International Testing Standards

    In addition, Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication access control solution offers a Consent Management add-on where where users must agree to use our Facial Authentication products before enrolling. Our products are designed to allow authorized users to move more easily into and out of areas while increasing overall security, but your biometric information is only captured with your knowledge and consent. 

    Alcatraz AI respects the privacy of its users and has implemented configurable image and data retention settings to allow customers to comply with corporate governance and local legislation. The system uses enrollment data to create profiles that are fused with badge data for identity authentication, but these profiles do not include personal information such as name, birth date, or email address. Profiles can be deleted anytime, and all logs, configurations, and profiles are encrypted using industry best practices.

    In summary, Alcatraz AI takes the privacy and security of its users seriously and has implemented numerous measures to ensure that their biometric data is protected. By using facial authentication in a transactional manner and encrypting all data, Alcatraz AI helps ensure user privacy while still providing a convenient and secure way to verify identity.

    Book and demo and learn more about Alcatraz AI Facial Authentication technology: 

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