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Airport Plans to Use Face-Recognition Scans

The State | IN BRIEF / OAKLAND

October 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The airport in Oakland is set to become one of the first in the nation to increase security by deploying face-recognition technology.

The system will not be used to scan crowds or to check passengers, a prospect that has been criticized by privacy advocates and civil liberties groups.

For now, it will be used only in interrogation rooms, to match suspects brought in for questioning to a database of wanted criminals' pictures.

Oakland police would like such a system in terminals as well, and are weighing their costs.

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