Facial recognition technology is booming worldwide. It might make life easier, but it might heavily impact people's privacy. How far along is the technology's development? And is it possible to elude it? Today's focus, on SHIFT.
Germany's top court has ruled police have too much access to citizens' data. This kind of "abuse of technology" is commercially available, raising major ethical questions, says data privacy activist Brittany Kaiser.
In Poland, the official contact-tracing app released by the government has spurred the debate on privacy and surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics see ample opportunity for abuse.
Civil rights groups worry France is taking a step toward a surveillance state. It is about to become the first European Union country to introduce facial recognition software for government services.
The Indian government is preparing to install a nationwide facial recognition system, but the plan draws criticism from rights activists and tech experts who warn of the risks to privacy and from increased surveillance.
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