MILAN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Italy prohibited using facial recognition and ‘sensible glasses’ on Monday as its Information Safety Company issued a rebuke to 2 municipalities experimenting with the applied sciences.
Facial recognition methods utilizing biometric knowledge won’t be allowed till a selected regulation is adopted or at the least till the tip of subsequent yr, the privateness watchdog stated.
The exception is when such applied sciences play a task in judicial investigations or the combat in opposition to crime.
“The moratorium arises from the necessity to regulate eligibility necessities, circumstances and ensures regarding facial recognition, in compliance with the precept of proportionality,” the company stated in an announcement.
Underneath European Union and Italian regulation, the processing of non-public knowledge by public our bodies utilizing video units is mostly allowed on public curiosity grounds and when linked to the exercise of public authorities, it added.
Nevertheless, municipalities that need to use them need to strike “city safety pacts” with central authorities representatives, it added.
The company was reacting to measures taken within the southern Italian metropolis of Lecce, the place authorities stated they might start utilizing a expertise based mostly on facial recognition.
The municipality was ordered to offer an outline of the methods adopted, their function and authorized foundation, and an inventory of databases accessed by its monitoring units, the watchdog stated.
The privateness watchdog additionally focused the Tuscan metropolis of Arezzo, the place native police had been as a result of be geared up with infrared tremendous glasses that may recognise automotive quantity plates.
Reporting by Elvira Pollina and Federico Maccioni, enhancing by Alvise Armellini and Alexander Smith
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