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Facial recognition's got an eye on you

Haneda Airport to introduce device next month, but privacy concerns remain

NEC's facial recognition system uses a PC's camera to take a photo of the user, verifying the person's identity by comparing it against registered photos.

TOKYO -- Wearing sunglasses? Sticking your tongue out? Advances in Japan's facial recognition technology are enabling machines to detect individuals with higher accuracy and reliability, regardless of the disguises, offering a plethora of opportunities for business. 

Tokyo's Haneda Airport will introduce a facial recognition system in October to identify Japanese returning from abroad. The Justice Ministry's Immigration Bureau will install three "face recognition gates" at passport control. Photos taken at the gates will be checked against images stored in chips embedded in travelers' passports.

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