Westfield, a retail corporation that oversees a number of shopping centers in four countries, is considering implementation of a facial recognition system at the Penrith Shopping Centre in Sydney, Australia, according to a Sydney Morning Herald article. The system would combine the biometric technology with standard surveillance cameras to alert security of a potential threat.
Despite the potential system’s expected intention to be used to apprehend known crooks and other criminals, privacy advocates fear the lack of control to ensure that is its only purpose could lead to expanded use of the system. Despite this, many experts support the move towards utilizing biometric technology for security purposes citing the lack of quality of closed-circuit television security systems.
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