Trialling facial age estimation tech for buying alcohol

Five major UK supermarkets are set to trial age estimation technology to accurately guess customers’ ages when purchasing alcohol.

Co-op, Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Morrisons are participating in a Government “regulatory sandbox” between January and May 2022, testing the technology’s ability to facilitate alcohol sales safely and swiftly…

…The technology, which is distinct from facial recognition, will be built into supermarket self-service terminals, taking photos of consenting customers’ faces for analysis and deleting them once the process is completed. More here.

This strikes me as unnecessary, over complex and the bit about deleting data fills me with no confidence at all.

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