Germany: De Maiziere visits facial recognition project at Berlin station, protesters follow

German Minister for Internal Affairs Thomas de Maiziere visited Suedkreuz train station, Berlin, where a facial recognition pilot project was taking place, on Thursday. New software is being utilised that can automatically recognise the faces of passersby. The project is set to last six months. De Maiziere said in a press statement that the new software would not be used for «shoplifters», but... Еще only «heavy criminals, terrorists, terror suspects.» He reassured the public that the transmitter had been «deactivated» from storing information from innocent passers-by. According to the interior minister, only after the results of the long term project had been analysed and discussed would they consider a possible extended usage of the software. Data protection activists from different groups including «Digital Courage eV» used de Maiziere's visit as an opportunity to protest against the surveillance cameras and demand an immediate abortion to the project. Data protection activist from «Digital Courage eV». Friedemann Ebelt spoke out about the new technology, particularly the «iBeacon» bluetooth sensors which were distributed to the volunteers for the project; «these devices send signals every second wherever the volunteers are without them knowing. And that is a scandal». Around 300 volunteers are taking part in the project which will last a total of six months. This marks the projects' fourth week.

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