Olympic Planners Want To Scan The Faces Of Hundreds Of Thousands At The 2020 Tokyo Games

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According to The Japan Times, the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics plan to use expansive face recognition software at the games, scanning and tracking the faces of hundreds of thousands of athletes, journalists, and officials. Sources close to Olympic officials told the newspaper that the technology won’t be used on spectators.

The sources said the organisers hope that face recognition is both a faster and more secure way of moving people issued official ID cards through restricted entrances while catching those using false credentials. At the Rio games last year, security workers would verify photo IDs by physically checking them against each card holder. In Tokyo, however, software will reportedly check people against their registered photos as they try to enter restricted venues.  To Scan The Faces