The Irish Examiner has an interesting article today on the introduction of facial recognition software by the Department of Social Welfare. Apparently they will be rolling out facial recognition software in all their offices from January as part of identity management and a crackdown on welfare fraud.
Any new claims will have a photo associated with them and the software will be able to detect whether the same image is already in use elsewhere in the system. Apparently, they will be able to cross check against driving licenses and passports.
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People might recall this case in 2011
Nine-year sentence for social welfare fraud - The Irish Times - Mon, Mar 12, 2012The fraud, developed over a number of years, involved making claims for
jobseeker’s allowance, disability allowance and supplementary welfare allowance
in the names of different identities, mainly members of his family.
The fraud came to light when staff at the Passport Office received an
application from Canberra, Australia, for a passport in the name of his younger
It seems to me that the introduction of this new software feature is both simple and sensible.
Do you think this is a good move?