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Europe Data Protection Digest | Gatwick becomes first UK airport to permanently use facial recognition for ID checks Related reading: The rise of US state-level BIPA: Illinois leads, others catching up




Gatwick Airport became the first in the U.K. to use facial-recognition cameras on a permanent basis for identification checks, The Telegraph reports. A Gatwick spokeswoman told BBC News travelers need to scan their passport at their departure gate to ensure the photo matches what was captured by the technology; however, the airport found most passengers approved of the process. Privacy International Legal Officer Ioannis Kouvakas raised questions about the airport’s ability to properly obtain consent: “Placing general or vague signs that merely let individuals know that this technology is being deployed, once individuals are already inside the check-in area, is inadequate, in our view, to satisfy the strict transparency and consent requirements imposed by data-protection laws.” The Gatwick spokeswoman said the system was designed to be “compliant with all data protection law.”
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