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Govt to enable Facial Recognition Technology laws in response to Dublin riots




The government has said it will release facial recognition technology to track riot and violent disorder offenders in response to the Dublin riots that took place earlier this week, reports RTE.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee says new draft regulations on facial recognition technology (FRT) will be ready for government approval in a few weeks.

Gardaí intend to use FRT to identify those involved in serious crimes such as terrorism, murder and rape, as well as riots and public disorder, reports RTE.

Ms McEntee said police officers would not need to sift through thousands of hours of CCTV footage to identify those responsible for violence and looting, as was being done this weekend.

Gardaí investigating the Dublin riots this week have reviewed more than 6,000 hours of CCTV footage to try to identify those involved in the violence and looting, reports RTE.

Ms McEntee described this as “unacceptable”.

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