Italy will no longer allow facial recognition technology to be used unless it is for the purposes of fighting crime.
The decision was made earlier in the week as Italy’s Data Protection Agency enforced two cities, Lecce and Arezzo to stop using the technology.
Arezzo was going to use the recognition technology in infrared glasses to read number plates and adjoining driver details while Lecce was looking to use it as a database for peoples details.
“The moratorium arises from the need to regulate eligibility requirements, conditions and guarantees relating to facial recognition, in compliance with the principle of proportionality,” the agency said.
Lecce will now have to provide the government with a list of equipment and reasons behind use of the technology.
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“The Municipality will therefore have to provide the Authority with a description of the systems adopted, the purposes and legal bases of the processing, a list of the databases consulted by the devices and the impact assessment on the data processing, which the owner is always required to carry out in the case of “large-scale systematic surveillance of an area accessible to the public,” the agency said.
Similar information will be needed from the city of Arezzo.
Under the new rules, smart glasses and facial recognition technology will only be allowed to be used by police for judicial investigations that will help to fight crime.
However it’s expected Italy will be seeking to create laws within the next year that outline appropriate methods of use surrounding the technology.
At the moment, laws in Europe state that using video devices by public bodies to amass peoples personal data is generally allowed on the grounds of public interest according to WION.
Italy says that local governments would have to work with the central government on creating “urban security pacts”.