Privacy watchdog probes ICBC for use of facial-recognition technology

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By Vivian Luk, The Globe and Mail, 22 July 2011

The Insurance Corporation of B.C. is under investigation for offering its facial-recognition technology to help police identify participants in the Stanley Cup Riot last month. B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is determining whether ICBC’s use of this technology complies with privacy laws.
“There is a fine balance to be struck in weighing a citizen’s privacy interests and the use of personal information for law enforcement,” said Commissioner Elizabeth Denham in a written statement. “This balancing of interests must be undertaken within the confines of existing law.”
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