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Smart lampposts being deployed in Hong Kong will be used with limited features as the government responds to privacy concerns, the Hong Kong Free Press reports. The government is deactivating a function that detects vehicle speed using Bluetooth-device recognition, another that detects car types using license plate recognition, and one that monitors the dumping of industrial waste at blackspots. “We do not have any functions for facial recognition… even for traffic snapshots, we will decrease the quality to a point that faces cannot be recognised, before the data is made public,” Assistant Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong said, adding that a public consultation will be held to further alleviate privacy concerns.
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