Fight against social fraud: a facial recognition project on site in Belgium

Fight against social fraud: a facial recognition project on site in Belgium
Fight against social fraud: a facial recognition project on site in Belgium

uA facial recognition access system is currently being tested on a construction site in Genk. The Flemish Minister of Employment and Innovation, Jo Brouns, believes that this digital process can help combat social fraud in the construction sector.

A new training center for police officers, firefighters and paramedics is being built on the former Zwartberg mining site in Limburg. In addition to the training ground itself, offices and a restaurant are to be built.

The worker must first have all these work documents verified. He then receives a personal badge and can also, on a voluntary basis, have his face photographed via an application that the entrepreneur Democo has developed with its partner company AEW Security. The face is then associated with the badge. After scanning his badge, the worker can access the site. The data is kept for the duration of the contract. Once the site is completed, everything is erased and the worker can no longer have access to it.

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The worker’s profile is automatically recorded via a secure connection in the Democo portal which then transmits everything to the Checkinatwork database of the ONSS (National Social Security Office).

Minister Brouns clarified that the technique still had to comply with the personal data regulation (GDPR) before possible large-scale deployment. Which could happen in the coming months, according to him.

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