Planned Introduction Of Facial Recognition Technology For Use By Gardaí
Wednesday 25th, May 2022
Helen McEntee, the Minister for Justice plans to introduce facial recognition technology to enable Gardaí to conduct rapid automated searches for suspects in criminal investigations.

The Minister will tell Garda Representative Association's (GRA) annual conference today that there are many reasons why facial recognition technology is beneficial for national security and tackling crime which out way any concerns around privacy.

The GRA has been said to be cautious in welcoming the announcement but wants to see further details on what is being proposed.

There are always going to be people or groups that are against any infringements on privacy, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said it is "strongly opposed" to the use of facial recognition technology usage by law enforcement.

Similar facial recognition technology is already in use by Europol, Interpol, the UK National Crime Agency and the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. The technology allows for automated searches of CCTV footage or video for suspects in criminal investigations.

The GRA Brendan O'Connor warned that there are flaws when it comes to facial recognition and that rank and file gardaí would want to see the details of what is being proposed.
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