Masks make it harder for facial recognition algorithms to identify who you are, according to a new government study.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology tested 89 facial recognition algorithms with an error rate of around 0.3%.
When tested on people wearing face masks, the error rate increased from anywhere between 5 to 50%, according to researchers involved in the study.
The study was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Both agencies use facial recognition technology.
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