New Survey Finds Americans Approve of Face Recognition to Deter Terrorism and Violent Crime

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Face recognition provider FaceFirst has announced the majority of Americans favor face recognition as a means of preventing crime at stadiums, airports and other public spaces.

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"By implementing face recognition, stadiums, airports and tourist attractions can provide customers with an additional layer of security that's both wanted and needed in these uncertain times." -Peter Trepp, CEO, FaceFirst

Face recognition provider FaceFirst has announced that the majority of Americans are in favor of facial recognition as a means of preventing crime at stadiums, airports and other public spaces, according to a new Survey Monkey/FaceFirst poll conducted between Jan 4-5, 2018.

In the wake of record-setting sales for the iPhone X, which enables consumers to use face recognition to protect their personal data, American adults appear to be increasingly comfortable with use of the technology for public safety. The survey asked a national sample of 1008 adults from varying ages and income levels their opinions on surveillance, public safety and face recognition. It found:

  • 54% of Americans plan to use face recognition to protect their personal data or already own a device that uses face recognition
  • Nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans think security personnel guarding airports, concerts, sporting events and other public areas should be allowed to use face recognition to help recognize terrorists and prevent crime
  • 77% of Americans think that security guarding airports and tourist attractions are not likely to remember the names and faces of potential terrorists on a watch list without face recognition

In addition to increasing personal use of face recognition for privacy protection, public safety fears also appear to be influencing public opinion. The survey found that nearly nine in ten (89%) Americans think it's likely that a terrorist or mass shooter will attack a concert, sporting event or airport over the next 12 months. In addition, 73% reported that they would feel less safe if cameras were removed from airports.

The survey's results demonstrate that as people are adopting face recognition as a means of securing their own privacy and data security, they are growing increasingly comfortable with similar technology being used to secure public spaces. "When it comes to preventing crime and terrorism, the vast majority of Americans are in favor of technology that makes public spaces more secure," stated FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp. "By implementing face recognition, stadiums, airports and tourist attractions can provide customers with an additional layer of security that's both wanted and needed in these uncertain times."

About FaceFirst

FaceFirst is a global patented facial recognition software platform designed to be scalable, fast and accurate while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy. FaceFirst provides surveillance, access control, mobile face recognition, biometric data and an underlying software platform that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect and deter threats. Deployed in hundreds of locations around the world, FaceFirst is used by law enforcement agencies, militaries, Fortune 500 retailers, airports and many other great organizations.

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