Moscow says it was the first country to launch a massive Metro Facial ID payment system

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FILE PHOTO: Commuters are seen at a metro station on the first day after a blockade designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia June 9, 2020. REUTERS / Shamil Zumatov / File photo

15 October 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow’s vast metro network on Friday launched a fare payment system using facial recognition technology at more than 240 stations. According to officials, this initiative is the first in the world.

Moscow, a city of 12.7 million, has the largest video surveillance system in the world. Protesters conducting COVID-19 quarantine using facial recognition technology and participating in political rallies also said that the police used it for preventive arrest and detention.

Officials are now giving passengers the option of using facial recognition using a system called “Face Pay” at ticket gates equipped with cameras.

“Moscow is the first city in the world to operate this system on such a scale,” Maxim Rikstov, the transport chief in the Russian capital, said in a statement.

Liksutov said that the use of “Face Pay” is voluntary and that other payment methods continue to be used.

Before using the system, passengers must submit a photo via the Moscow Metro application and link it to a transport or bank card. To use the Metro, passengers registered with “Face Pay” only look at cameras installed in designated turnstiles.

The city’s Department of Transportation said the commuter data is securely encrypted. However, digital rights groups say the system could compromise privacy and human rights.

Roskomsvoboda, a group specializing in the protection of digital rights and freedom of information, warns that FacePay can be used for surveillance purposes.

Moscow’s mayor announced that Russia will deploy a facial recognition system to the subway to find wanted criminals in 2018, when it hosted the World Cup in football.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tetroult-Farber; Edited by Jan Harvey)

Moscow says it was the first country to launch a massive Metro Facial ID payment system

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