Report: Belgian police mulling face recognition on highway cameras
09 February 2017 15:39 GMT

Belgian newspapers have reported that a new police plan for future surveillance cameras on roads will include a provision for face recognition.

According to the weekly Knack, a new 200-page tender for ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras also calls for face recognition.

The federal government decided last year to introduce some 1,000 cameras along the motorways.

The cameras are already in use at several border crossings and at the airports of Zaventem and

Charleroi. Other airports are to follow soon. The cameras are intended to heighten road safety but will also be used in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Reading the 200-page tender journalist Kristof Clerix discovered that face recognition was also an issue.

Belgium's privacy commission was unaware of the federal police's request, reported the newspaper.