France adds mask detection to CCTV capabilities


As part of their preparations to ease the lockdown, French authorities have added AI tools into the CCTV cameras in the Paris Metro to detect the number of passengers who are wearing face masks. The system is also being used in outdoor markets and buses in Cannes. Although it is mandatory to wear a mask on public transport in France, the software won't be used to identify, rebuke, or fine people, and the system has not proved as contentious as contact tracing. The data protection regulator CNIL has said the anonymisation measures are sufficient to ensure individual privacy, and the Paris Metro authority has said the system will comply with GDPR.

Writer: Chloe Hadavas
Publication: Slate

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