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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | NZ prime minister calls the use of facial-recognition technology ‘very problematic’ Related reading: Changing direction? UK consults reforms to its data protection law




Following the admission that New Zealand’s largest supermarket company utilized facial-recognition technology in some of its stores to identify potential offenders, the prime minister raised concern over the technology’s inaccuracy and said it could prove “very, very problematic,” Stuff reports. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards also raised concerns over the use of FRT and said, “When it comes to identifying people accused of a crime, getting it wrong can have a severe impact on the person affected.” Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran said she was unaware that Foodstuffs used facial recognition and said it highlighted the need for legislation. Curran said, “My wider concern is that there is (sic) no guidelines generally for the use of artificial intelligence, and that is something we are working on now.”
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