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Irish Department of Social Protection Confirms Use of Facial Recognition

Ireland’s Department of Social Protection (DSP) confirmed reports that it uses biometric processing and facial recognition technologies as a part of its public services card (PSC) program. As The Irish Times reports, the department published a revised version of its privacy statement on Monday night in which it clarified that the biometric processing of photographs would be used to help identify cases of potential welfare fraud, with the processed photographs being used to create a template that would allow for comparisons with other images to detect identity theft or the double-claiming of benefits. The previous version of the privacy statement did not mention the use of biometric or facial processing of any kind. Read More