“The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often compiled

The European Data Protection Board has issued guidance on the use of video surveillance.
Key takeaways:
  • The monitoring purposes of cameras should be documented in writing.
  • Data subjects must be informed of the purpose(s) of the processing: “safety” or “for your safety” is not sufficient
  • The most likely legal bases for video surveillance are: legitimate

“The loss of privacy often seems like no big deal, a small price to pay for the convenience of the digital world. This is an all-too-common misunderstanding that can have grave consequences, as privacy invasions are often invisible, harms frequently only happen in the future, and they always affect some people more than others.”

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