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A biometric facial recognition system that matches photos of offenders with images from social media and surveillance cameras has been tested by Japanese police since March.
The announcement was made on Saturday, revealing the 6-month biometric trial.
“We are using the system only for criminal investigations and within the scope of law. We discard facial images that are found to be unrelated to cases,” a senior National Police Agency official commented, according to The Japan Times.
In Japan, the National Public Safety Commission (NPC), which is in charge of guaranteeing the neutrality of the police system, is also responsible for storing roughly 10 million facial images of citizens.
This means that, in order for the system to work, the NPC granted the police access to the database to obtain the biometric information needed.
The information was then compared to suspects’ mugshots in order to track down offenders.
Despite the potential for the new system to spark privacy concerns, the law has not changed in any way, as investigators already had access to photos from security cameras that they would manually compare.
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