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Facial Recognition Technology

Civil rights groups in Britain say use of the technology on the general public is ripe for abuse. As American privacy and civil liberties organizations call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend its use of facial recognition on the general public without sufficient safeguards, a similar push is underway in Britain, where police are testing the technology. In both countries, there are claims that facial recognition technology is currently in a legal vacuum and could affect free speech while monitoring everyday citizens. But some British law enforcement agencies and others say the technology can help them locate criminals wanted for serious offenses. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

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