Germany: Protesters warn against new face recognition cameras

Civil rights groups gathered in Sudkreuz train station in Berlin on Monday to protest against a pilot facial recognition project launched in August by German authorities. The rally attracted a strong police presence as demonstrators warned of the threat to people's rights as «digital faces» can be stolen and used for controversial or criminal purposes. «This data can be stolen, and also... Еще these cameras can be used from criminals. It is not so much security in this whole digital agenda; it is always problematic,» said an anonymous demonstrator, adding that there are ways to increase personal security like gimmick masks. «Hat, sunglasses are things that you can wear, or shawl in the winter. And it's not forbidden. You can use it in the summer, you can buy a beautiful hat, beautiful sunglasses. Just get your own style again, and then you will be more secure.» Former German Minister for Internal Affairs Thomas de Maiziere visited Sudkreuz train station in August stating the new software would not be used for shoplifters, but only heavy criminals, terrorists, terror suspects. Germans have long been suspicious of surveillance cameras and the country has very compared to other European cities. But the government recently passed sweeping new powers following a string of terrorist incidents.

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