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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says


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Passengers on the subway system in Buenos Aires, Brazil

Argentinas capital is using a facial recognition system linked to a database that includes juvenile suspects, and is publishing their private data, according to Human Rights Watch.

Credit: Erica Canepa/Bloomberg News

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the city of Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects, and is publishing warrants for their arrest, in violation of international law.

Argentina's Consulta Nacional de Rebeldías y Captura database of criminal suspects collected and published the data and warrants of 166 people under 18, between May 2017 and May 2020.

Facial recognition software operating in certain Buenos Aires subway stations uses this information in combination with photos from a citizen database.

HRW's José Miguel Vivanco said using this information for facial recognition tracking presents huge risks of inaccuracy, given the technology's higher rate of misidentification of children.

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