Nationwide Voice and Face Recognition Launches in Ecuador | Libertés Numériques |

Ecuador has installed a nationwide system that lets government officials ID "several million" people by their voices and faces, Slate reported.

If an Ecuadorian agency taps a phone line, for example, it is now able to match the voices in a call with a database of "voiceprints" of known criminals, suspects and persons of interest. The voice system is 97 percent accurate, says the system's maker, SpeechPro, the U.S. subsidiary of a Russian company called Speech Technology Center. Adding face recognition makes the system nearly foolproof, SpeechPro's website adds.