Israeli government seeks to place facial recognition cameras in public spaces


The Israeli government is bringing forward a bill that would permit the police to place facial recognition cameras in public places, including at events such as protests, as long as a police officer is convinced that the cameras' operation does not present undue invasion of any individual's privacy and the purpose is to prevent, thwart, or detect serious crimes, locate missing persons, and enforce restraining orders or bans. The bill is based on another pending bill that is meant to cover a second camera system in use by the police. Little oversight is provided by either bill, although biometric data is supposed to be deleted within 72 hours if it doesn't lead to an identification of a person in real time.

Publication: Forward (from Haaretz)

Publication date: 2023-09-19

Writer: Josh Breiner

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