Definition of facial profiling in US English:

facial profiling

noun

  • The recording and analysis of a person's facial characteristics, especially to assist in identifying an individual.

    ‘the police have set up a system of facial profiling at major sporting events’
    • ‘The use of "facial profiling" by the city police, with cameras scanning the faces of people walking through downtown, has sparked widespread outrage among many here.’
    • ‘Biometric information, such as facial profiling, iris scans and fingerprints were gathered from volunteers in Sheffield and stored on prototype identity cards.’
    • ‘There was a tie between facial profiling, videotaping a crowd to identify criminals and terrorists, and second-hand speech, overheard cell-phone conversation.’