August 3, 2021

Face scan unmasked student loan fraudster | Scotland

Face scan unmasked student loan fraudster | Scotland

Facial recognition technology was used by Scotland’s student loans body to identify a fraudster amid debate over whether digitally scanning faces is compatible with human rights.

The Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) used facial recognition to catch a Slovakian individual who stole £5,500 in loans. The person, who was not named, will be deported after a 12-month prison sentence.

The investigation relied on methods that are not available to counter-fraud officers at Police Scotland, which has a moratorium on using facial recognition technology. SAAS used a photo on a fake ID to match to another ID with the same face and a different name. The agency said this was the first and only time that facial recognition technology had been used.

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