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Getting to Know Who: ICO Draft Guidance on Biometric Recognition (JD Supra, Sep 11, 2023)
The ICO confirms that “biometric recognition” means the use of biometric data for identification and verification. As biometric data are used for these purposes, biometric recognition systems will invariably process special category biometric data (see below for fuller explanation). This will be the case from the point that the biometric data are initially collected, and not just from the point where the data are used to identify an individual.

GardaĆ­ Plan to Roll Out Body Cameras to Record Incidents with Public From 2025 (The Journal, Sep 12, 2023)
“Much of what has been announced today reflects what ICCL has been calling for and to this end, we cautiously welcome the news that An Garda Síochána intends to pilot the use of bodyworn cameras before moving to a national roll-out. “The pilots should assess whether the cameras deliver on their promised benefits, and the results should be reviewed and published before moving to any national roll-out. A national roll-out of this technology should not be a predetermined outcome of this process,” he said today.

[Video] Facial Recognition Technology and Law Enforcement (U.S. Government Accountability Office, Sep 12, 2023)
Seven law enforcement agencies in the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) reported using facial recognition services to support criminal investigations. 2 of the 7 agencies require staff to take facial recognition training, as of April 2023. Not all agencies had policies or guidance specific to facial recognition technology that address civil rights and civil liberties. GAO's recommendations address these issues and more.

The Future of Inclusive Payments (Financial IT, Sep 12, 2023)
The financial gap for these demographics is only set to widen, given the growing reliance on digital and contactless transactions. In less than 10 years, the share of Americans not using cash for payments has increased by double digits, reaching 41%. By 2031, cash payments are expected to make up only 6% of all transactions. Biometric smart cards can bridge this gap for people in the Global South, migrant populations, and those with visual or cognitive disabilities worldwide, who deserve to feel secure, included, and independent.

The Eight Rules That Stores Have Introduced to Prevent Shoplifting Explained - Including Project Pegasus (NationalWorld, Sep 12, 2023)
The most recent of these measures is Project Pegasus. Various big name stores, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and the Co-op are among those who are going to take part in the scheme, which will see them pay police to scan shoplifters' faces through the Police National Database, which uses facial recognition technology. It is hoped that by joining together in this project, the stores will all see a reduction in the number of thefts of products from their shelves.


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