Microsoft has unveiled Face Check, a new facial recognition security tool designed to help businesses safeguard their systems and protect sensitive data. This innovative solution offers a secure and user-friendly experience for digitally verifying various aspects of an individual’s identity.
Face Check is particularly valuable in workplace and educational settings, providing organizations with a more secure method for granting access to authorized personnel.
“As fraud skyrockets for businesses and consumers, and fraud tactics become increasingly sophisticated, identity verification has never been more critical,” emphasized Ankur Patel, Head of Product for Microsoft Entra Verified ID, in a blog post announcing the launch.
Microsoft envisions Face Check as the digital equivalent of physical identification documents like driver’s licenses or passports. It offers a quick and secure way to confirm an individual’s identity, especially as businesses face growing threats from fraud and identity theft scams.
The tool can be utilized in various scenarios, such as verifying an employee’s access to HR or payroll information or assisting users in resetting or setting up new passwords.
Face Check is built on open standards and leverages Microsoft Azure AI tools to perform verification through a simple API. It operates by matching a user’s real-time selfie with the photo on their identity document, ensuring accurate identity verification.
Microsoft prioritizes user privacy by only sharing match results, not sensitive identity data. This approach enables organizations to authenticate identities without compromising personal information.
Face Check is available immediately and can be set up in under five minutes. Users simply provide a photo from their Microsoft 365 account, and the Microsoft Authenticator app handles the verification process.
It remains to be seen whether Face Check will be integrated with or replace Windows Hello, Microsoft’s existing biometric authentication tool. Introduced in 2016, Windows Hello allows users to access their devices using facial recognition or fingerprint scanning, along with traditional security measures like PINs.