Paper Urges Canada to Expand Use of Facial-Recognition Technology


The Toronto Sun says the expanded use of facial-recognition technology could be used in Canada as a tool to capture both international and domestic criminals. High-tech cameras could be installed at train stations, major airports and border crossings, and the images they capture would be compared to the faces of offenders stored in a database, the paper suggested.

The technology is already in use at most Ontario casinos to curb cheats and gambling addicts and at Canadian Tire stores to target shoplifters. The Sun has reported aggressively about the search for war criminals in Canada and suggested that facial recognition could be used in that realm. A Canadian border official said her agency uses biometric technology in a trusted traveller program for quicker trips across the border but that there are no plans to introduce the technology at this time.

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