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Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest | Police Deny Privacy Concerns of Facial Recognition Scheme Related reading: Get the full picture on PIAs and DPIAs

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The National Police Agency (NPA) is rebuking concerns that its new facial recognition system violates the Personal Information Protection Act and human rights, reports The China Post. The system uses citizen ID pictures from the nation's household registration system. The NPA notes it applied to the Ministry of the Interior to access the database of citizens' ID photographs in accordance with the law, has put in place “administrative procedures” to safeguard against abuse and officers must gain consent and clearance before accessing the database. Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Li Chun-yi, however, notes that police could take an unlimited amount of photos at a protest and in a short time identify protesters.
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