Calgary homeless shelter to use facial recognition tech to ID clients

10th August 2018 News 35 Views

A homeless shelter in Calgary is planning to use facial recognition technology to identify clients, CBC News reports. The Calgary Drop-In Centre will test the technology as a less invasive way to identify individuals who come into the shelter, the report states. The shelter currently fingerprints those who come to the building, but Director of IT Helen Wetherley Knight said clients could be negatively affected by previous instances of having their prints taken. Despite the attempts to find a better solution, privacy professionals believe using facial recognition technology still comes with risks. Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association Director Sharon Polsky said Alberta’s privacy laws have different rules for non-profits, potentially leaving the information collected by the facial recognition tech vulnerable

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