Police are open to using facial recognition software on the expanded network of CCTV cameras in Auckland
Auckland’s authorities have been working quietly for months to unify the city’s CCTV systems. They are also working on boosting the number of camera’s from 5000 to more then 6000, with an upper technology cap of 8000 cameras over the next 5 years.
Police, Fire Services and Auckland Council will also be able to access the live camera feed from the unified network.
Police do not currently have the ability to run facial recognition off the live CCTV camera’s but are interested in being able to do this.
Currently their software only allows them to run facial recognition from still photos taken from the live footage.
Auckland Transport are not currently using the Facial Recognition Software
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has said that any future business case for Auckland Transport to use facial recognition software could be limited by current technology.
He also said “One of the big problems with law enforcement use of facial recognition technology is the issue of accuracy. We saw a trial by the Metropolitan Police in London last year, which returned a 98% false positive match rate. So you have to question the utility of that level of accuracy against the cost.”
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