German government looks for facial recognition subjects

What’s Your Face Worth? German Gov’t Says €25 in Amazon Cash

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Putting a monetary value on individual body parts is not new — look at your insurance policy — but what about lending a piece of your body to the government? In Germany, governmental security officials are looking for 275 volunteers to do just that, and by handing over their face, it will net them a €25 payout in Amazon credits and the chance of winning a prize pack of technology goodies.

So how does one lend their face to the government? After handing over personal documents and photos to the police, participants must carry a tracking device to Berlin’s Südkreuz train station several times throughout the day to appear in front of security cameras to test the accuracy of its facial recognition software.

€25 seems like a steal for the government, considering it expects its test subjects to make routine daily trips to the same spot, but for those who stick with it for the six months and appear in front of the cameras the most, a prize of a GoPro, Fitbit Surge or an Apple Watch will be within reach.

Sources: Bundespolizei, Mashable

Photo: Tom Sodoge

Stephen Fuchs
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