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Face-Recognition Technology May Be ­sed at Hong Kong Border Checks

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Face-recognition technology might be used to screen the residents at Hong Kong border checkpoints, Hong Kong's Security Secretary Ambrose Lee said Thursday (Nov. 12). The wealthy city of seven million already uses fingerprint checks to allow permanent residents to pass through unmanned checkpoints using ID cards at its airport and land border crossings.

Now the city is considering introducing face-recognition technology similar to that being put into use at Beijing's international airport, Lee said in a written answer to legislators. Lee said Hong Kong's Immigration Department would "examine the feasibility of the introduction of facial recognition technology" in a forthcoming review of its systems.

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