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Taiwan's TRA announces not to use "Face Recognition System" due to privacy and legal concerns


Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) has dropped the axe on the plans of having a "Face Recognition System" on its stations due to privacy infringement concerns.


Less than one day after the project was launched, it has met with opposition from the public due to the privacy breach fears and prompted legal concerns.

The Face Recognition System was trialed on Tuesday (Nov. 5) at Fengyuan Station municipality of Taichung.


The biometric artificial intelligence-based system is capable of alerting station staff about irregularities that could harm the public or disrupt train operations, according to TRA.

Its functions include passenger counting, flow monitoring, checking whether
people are in specific areas, tracking persons through multiple camera views, and detecting possible fires or packages left behind, among others. Though the project, is now on halt.






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