The Security Week That Was: A Recap - May 6-12, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Checking the Faces

Finally, to close this week's recap, I want to mention a story that grabbed our attention primarily because it involved a cutting edge technology (facial recognition), a common document (a driver's license), and a very cool application (at the Wisconsin's driver's license bureau). The sum of the story is that a facial recognition algorithm is working behind the scenes comparing faces taken for Wisconsin driver's licenses to make sure that false driver's licenses aren't making their way to the streets. The system looks at current individuals' photos and compares them to a database of photos from other licenses. The goal is to make sure that one person isn't creating a false identity and able to create an additional license in another name. See the full story.