May 152018
 May 15, 2018  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

NZ Herald reports:

Supermarkets giant Foodstuffs has defended its use of facial recognition technology to help combat shoplifters.

Foodstuffs, which includes the New World, Pak’nSave and Four Square brands, has said it uses facial recognition technology in some North Island stores, but won’t say which ones.

Well, it wouldn’t tell the media which stores, but it says it does post notices to customers in stores where such technology may be used:

“Where CCTV – which may include facial recognition technology – is used in our stores, signage alerts customers to the fact images may be taken, as per privacy requirements.

“Footage can only be used for the purpose it is intended, which is as a deterrent and tool against theft and as a means of keeping customers and staff safe.

Read more on NZ Herald.  And if you do read more, does it really sound unreasonable to do what they are doing to protect against repeat shoplifters? How is this different than stores entering bad check passers into a database? Remember the old days when if you wanted to pay by check, they ran it through some checking system?

Via Joe Cadillic, who I’m guessing may not agree with me on this one. 🙂

  One Response to “NZ: Foodstuffs makes no apologies for use of facial recognition technology”

  1. You guessed right!

    If you believe retail stores will use facial recognition just to identify shoplifters, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    Without getting into the MAJOR privacy concerns I have of identifying customers with facial recog. I invite you and your readers to check out these three links.

    CCTV operator found guilty of using police cameras to spy on woman in her apartment:

    NYPD cop busted for using surveillance camera to spy on neighbor in the Bronx:

    Police Facial Recognition Is An Authoritarian And Oppressive Surveillance Tool:

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