Facial recognition technology in New Zealand

Facial recognition technology in New Zealand

Law Foundation of New Zealand

Towards a legal and ethical framework

The algorithms of the law must keep pace with new and emerging technologies. This technology allows remote, contactless, data processing, even without a person’s knowledge. In the current digital environment, where people’s faces are available across multiple databases and captured by numerous cameras, facial recognition has the potential to become a particularly ubiquitous and intrusive tool. The increased surveillance enabled by this technology may ultimately reduce the level of anonymity afforded to citizens in the public space.

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