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Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

16 April 2021
Florian Terharen Facial recognition technology: regulations and use

Austria - Schoenherr

In recent years there has been an increased use of technologies that match a person's digital image to a picture database. While the Austrian legal system does not expressly permit the use of such technology, the Ministry of the Interior uses it to identify unknown perpetrators suspected of intentionally committing a criminal offence. Austrian privacy experts worry that without an explicit legal basis, the use of facial recognition software may result in the gradual extension of powers.

Author: Florian Terharen
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