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22 Eye-Opening Facial Recognition Statistics for 2020

October 23, 2019

What was once technology seen only in science fiction movies is now a regular part of our everyday lives.

Facial recognition does so much more than simply unlock our phone, and with new advancements and breakthroughs happening within the technology every year, it will only become more advanced and increasingly accurate as we continue to use it.

Facial recognition statistics

These statistics provide insight into how we as a society are using facial recognition today and all of the ways we could potentially use it in the future. From enhancing cyber security efforts to solving a crime, and even increasing office security, read on to learn more about how facial recognition is revolutionizing the world as we know it.

General facial recognition statistics

  • By 2024, the global facial recognition market could generate $7 billion in revenue. (Markets and Markets)
  • 72% of hotel operators are expected to deploy facial recognition by 2025 to identify and interact with guests. (Forbes)
  • One in four Americans think that the government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology. (Center for Data Innovation)
  • Between 2014 and 2018, facial recognition software became 20 times better at searching databases to find a matching photograph. (NIST)
  • 35% of facial recognition errors happen when identifying dark skinned women, compared to 1% for white males. (NY Times)
  • According to Apple, the probability that a random person could look at someone else’s iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000. (Apple)
  • 49% of people agree that facial recognition should be used in stores if it catches shoplifters. (Statista)

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Facial recognition and airports statistics

  • When it comes to airport security, 54.3% of Americans agreed facial recognition should be used for safety screenings. (Center for Data Innovation)
  • 54.8% of Americans agree that facial recognition shouldn’t be limited if it adds to public safety. (Center for Data Innovation)
  • By 2023, 97% of airports will roll out facial recognition technology. (
  • Customs and Border Control is said to keep facial exit scans for a maximum of 14 days after identification takes place. (
  • Since adopting facial recognition, Customs and Border Control have used it on over 2 million passengers on over 15,000 flights. (
  • By the end of 2021, Customs and Border Control aims to scan the faces of passengers on 16,300 flights per week. (
  • Facial recognition technology is currently at 18 airports across the United States. (
  • With the exception of Southwest, most US airlines use facial recognition technology, including Delta, United, American, and JetBlue. (USA Today)
  • The first arrest aided by facial recognition was at Washington Dulles International Airport in August 2018, just three days after the airport began using facial recognition technology. (Travel Pulse)
  • In 2018, facial recognition technology prevented 26 alleged imposters from entering the United States in three months. (Defense One)
  • By 2021, facial recognition will be used in the top 20 U.S airports for 100% of international passengers, including American citizens. (
  • At Los Angeles’ LAX airport, American Airlines is testing scanning passengers’ faces to verify identities instead of scanning boarding passes. (USA Today)
  •  1 in 3 Americans disagree with the government using facial recognition at airports to improve security and speed of boarding. (

Facial recognition and crime statistics

  • 54.8% of Americans agree that facial recognition shouldn’t be limited if it adds to public safety. (Center for Data Innovation)
  • 49% of people agree that facial recognition should be used in stores if it catches shoplifters. (Statista)
  • In 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in New Delhi launched a trial using facial recognition technology that positively identified 2,930 missing children in just four days. (CNN)
  • In 2017, driver’s license facial recognition technology used in New York led to 4,000 arrests. (ARS Technica)

Facing the reality

The tech behind facial recognition technology can be controversial but it’s here to stay. As technology evolves, we are sure to see it breakthrough into more industries and eventually become commonplace in society -- not just movies.

Don’t stop with these statistics -- learn more about FaceApp, the viral facial recognition app that can age you, give you a beard, or even fix your smile.

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