Incident 276: Local South Korean Government’s Use of CCTV Footage Analysis via Facial Recognition to Track COVID Cases Raised Concerns about Privacy, Retention, and Potential Misuse

Description: Bucheon government’s use of facial recognition in analyzing CCTV footage, despite gaining wide public support, was scrutinized by privacy advocates and some lawmakers for collecting data without consent, and retaining and misusing data beyond pandemic needs.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Bucheon city government, which harmed Bucheon citizens.

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S. Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track COVID-19 cases · 2021

SEOUL, Dec 13 (Reuters) - South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the coronavirus, despite concerns about …


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