Every day, one and a half million people ride on Berlin's subway system, the U-Bahn. Over 2,000 cameras watch over the system. But although the cameras are meant to increase safety, not everyone is amused.
From August, a train station in Berlin will be the testing ground for surveillance cameras with biometric face recognition capability. Here is an overview of the most important information and a look at the controversy.
The video of a man kicking a woman down a flight of stairs in a Berlin underground station was crucial to catching the suspect. Germany's network of surveillance cameras is already being expanded rapidly.
Germans are volunteering to be monitored as part of a six-month facial recognition pilot program in Berlin. Germany's interior minister is pleased with the initial results, but critics are wary of increased surveillance.
The Bavarian interior minister wants to close the "blatant security gap" in the three German states that don't allow random police checks. Critics say they don't bring results and result in racial profiling.
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