The UK’s data protection watchdog has ruled in favour of CCTV equipment designed to protect shop staff from criminals.
The month, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruled that equipment produced by Facewatch was compliant with UK data protection law. Facewatch produces security cameras that use facial-recognition technology to identify prolific shoplifters and alert staff.
The ICO said: “Facewatch’s product aims to help businesses protect customers, staff and stock. Solutions helping businesses prevent crime is in the public interest. Data protection law recognises this, allowing personal information – in this case facial images – to be used if there is a legitimate interest, such as for the detection of crime. However, this must be balanced against privacy rights.”
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