Smile if you don’t want to be recognised

Since 2004, UK Passport holders have been asked not to smile in their travel document photos to avoid confusing facial recognition scanners.

Now the Department of Motorized Vehicles of New Jersey has prohibited the practice in driver’s license photographs – in order to strengthen its face recognition database.

The state says that their database of drivers becomes hard to manage when images start to include more and more grins and smirks.

It’s seems smiles make it harder for the government’s computers to positively identify someone from their photo.


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