Real time facial recognition is being introduced to airport CCTV ‘to spot passengers who missed their boarding call.’
“The growth of real time facial recognition in public places is alarming,” said Silkie Carlo, director of digital rights activists Big Brother Watch.
She added: “It could be the final nail in the coffin for individual privacy and the right to be anonymous in public.
“Even if some uses are socially well-intended, it is a technology that lends itself to authoritarianism as we have already seen in the UK where it has been used to monitor protests and collect biometric photos of innocent people.
“It is highly questionable whether authorities’ use of automated facial recognition in public is lawful in the context of international and regional rights frameworks.”