Worldwide newsMay 2, 2022Canadian watchdogs call for a limitation to police use of facial recognition

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada adopted a joint statement underlining that the heads of Canada’s privacy protection authorities recommend new laws to delineate when the use of facial recognition by police is acceptable. The Facial recognition has emerged as a tool of significant interest for police agencies in Canada. Used responsibly and in the right circumstances, the technology could provide public safety benefits such as helping solve serious crimes, locating missing persons and supporting national security objectives. At the same time, the use of facial recognition involves highly sensitive biometric information, and raises concerns for privacy and human rights. Continue reading the press release issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada here.