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Canada Dashboard Digest | Calgary malls using facial-recognition tech without consent Related reading: Global News Roundup: Feb. 23–March 1, 2021



A pair of malls in Calgary has been using facial-recognition technology to track visitors’ ages and genders without their consent, CBC News reports. A patron of Chinook Centre found a browser window on one of the mall’s directories showcasing the facial-recognition software. Chinook Centre’s parent company, Cadillac Fairview, said it started using the technology in June, with a spokesman adding it does not need to gather consent as it is not capturing or holding onto the images. "There's no way to verify the alleged purpose, and they [could] start using it for other purposes. From a civil liberties perspective, from a privacy perspective, from the perspective of being able to exercise our rights, it's a huge concern,” Privacy and Access Council of Canada President Sharon Polsky said.
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