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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

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As with other sensitive data, peoples images could be used by criminals, perhaps to impersonate people online or even create deepfake videos, said Nima Schei, chief executive of Hummingbirds AI, a start-up that works with facial recognition.

As the use of facial recognition technology spreads, some experts worry about the risks to travelers’ privacy and security.

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The use of facial recognition software to expedite admission to venues like airports and theme parks is raising privacy and security concerns among experts.

Phil Siegel at the nonprofit Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Response Simulation said biometric data cannot easily be altered without significantly changing one's appearance.

Nima Schei with facial recognition startup Hummingbirds AI added that criminals can exploit people's images for online impersonation or deepfake production, while the University of California, Los Angeles' Alex Alben cited the absence of federal protections against theft or abuse of biometric data.

Jeramie D. Scott at the Electronic Privacy Information Center is concerned about private companies' management of facial recognition data, as they could be breached, hand the data to government agencies for surveillance, or sell it.

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