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Europe Data Protection Digest | Heathrow Airport to receive 50M GBP facial-recognition system for next summer Related reading: Spain’s constitutional right to data protection and application of the GDPR


Computerworld UK reports Heathrow Airport is expected to expand its use of facial-recognition technology. London Heathrow plans to invest 50 million GBP for the new systems, with a targeted rollout for next summer. The system is designed to scan passengers’ faces for biometric identification when they fly. The airport has responded to privacy concerns surrounding the upcoming system. “We're very conscious of the GDPR and privacy discussions, and whatever we do has to be done in conjunction with government and the public's consent,” Heathrow Chief Information Officer Stuart Birrell said. “If the public don't (sic) want it and don't (sic) accept it we can't do it. So there's a balance to be had.”
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