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Police to Use Facial Recognition From Now On

Ábrahám Vass 2019.12.11.

From now on, Hungarian police can use facial recognition software during checks, as part of an omnibus law voted in by Parliament on Tuesday, Index reported.

Under the new regulation, facial recognition software may be used by a police officer if someone cannot identify himself during a check.

In this case, the police officer would be authorized to take a photograph, take fingerprints, and record the individual’s external physical features “by perception and measurement.”

What is more, the photo can be checked right on the spot through an electronic facial recognition system to prove and confirm the individual’s identity.

This practically means that police would only bring individuals in to the police department “for further data verification” if this method fails too.

featured image: illustration; via MTI/Zoltán Balogh