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France to become first EU country to use nationwide facial recognition ID app
  • Alicem is a mobile app that will enable French citizens to access public services, and will go live after a 6-month trial period.
  • It will read data from an electronic passport chip, and validate the citizen’s identity by confirming the data with facial recognition.
  • The government insists that it will be secure, and will delete all facial data within seconds of logging in.
  • Digital security experts warn that if France doesn’t use the most secure, bleeding-edge technology, then it might be too soon for a system like this.


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