Face Verification vs Face Recognition

What’s the difference between facial recognition and facial verification? They are often grouped together as the same thing, yet they are different technologies serving different purposes. iProov provides face verification. Users know that the process is taking place, they collaborate with it, there is a direct personal benefit to them from it, and they are assured of privacy thanks to the iProov privacy firewall.

Face verification


Face verification – the user has:


  • Knowledge that the verification is taking place
  • Willingly collaborated with the verification
  • A direct personal benefit from the verification
  • Assurance of privacy



Face recognition – the user has:


  • No knowledge the verification is taking place
  • Not collaborated with the verification
  • No direct personal benefit from the verification
  • No assurance of privacy


Face recognition
Uses of face verification


Face verification from iProov allows people to:



  • Open and access bank accounts

  • Manage insurance policies
  • Apply for visas and passports
  • Access healthcare records
  • Apply to college or for exams
  • Protect social media accounts



Face Verification vs Face Recognition. Online face verification with biometrics



Scenario 1: You’re walking across Times Square. Face recognition technology, combined with CCTV, is scanning the crowds and matching faces against a database of known or suspected criminals.

Scenario 2: You’re sitting at home. You want to apply for a visa for an upcoming vacation. You open your laptop, or pick up your mobile phone, and log on to the government visa service.

Read on and find out which is recognition and which is verification.


iProov Biometric Solution Suite

What problem do you want to solve?


“I want to onboard new users”


“I want to authenticate my existing users”

Each solution can be deployed with varying levels of identity assurance to meet your risk appetite.