What Does FACEPRINT Mean?

A FACEPRINT is a digitally recorded representation of a face.

The term FACEPRINT is a combination of the words "face" and "print." It is a type of BIOMETRIC data, made up of a digitally recorded representation of a person's face, which allows individuals to be identified from the unique characteristics of their facial structure.

FACEPRINTS (or "facial recognition systems") are widely used as a security feature on smartphones and other camera-enabled devices. They are also increasingly being used by law enforcement and security agencies to identify and track suspects. (Use of FACPRINTING in this way is controversial. Laws and regulations to control such use have been introduced in many countries and are being considered in others.)

In June 2021, the social media app TikTok changed its terms and conditions in the US, to allow the company to automatically collect users' FACEPRINTS and VOICEPRINTS. TikTok did not specify what it intended to do with the data, raising concerns amongst security experts. However, given that other apps (including Facebook and Instagram) also collect such information, most users are probably not overly concerned.

Summary of Key Points

"Digitally Recorded Representation of a Face" is the most common definition for FACEPRINT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Digitally Recorded Representation of a Face
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Example of FACEPRINT Used in a Text


See Also

OOP (d'oh!, object-oriented programming, out of place, out of print) PCB (printed circuit board) DHS (department of homeland security (us)) KGB (komutet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti (former Russian security service)) OPSEC (operations security)