Bloomberg Law
Oct. 25, 2019, 8:22 PM

Police Use of Facial Recognition Tech Approved in Sweden

Sweden will permit police departments to use facial recognition technology to help identify criminal suspects but will limit how long they can keep the data.

The Oct. 24 decision of Sweden’s Data Protection Authority clashes with bans approved this year in four U.S. cities prohibiting local government use of facial recognition tech. U.S. officials at the local, state, and federal continue to debate appropriate uses of the technology.

Police in Sweden had requested an advance decision on whether it could use the technology under Swedish law and submitted an impact assessment to the regulator. The DPA’s ruling allows law enforcement ...

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