24 Oct Germany Conducts Facial Recognition Technology Tests at Berlin Train Station
Germany is currently running a 6 month trial program that uses facial recognition technology which, according to authorities, is meant to improve security in locations such as Berlin’s Suedkreuz station.
German Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere recently revealed to journalists that the system will be able to record and check for matches on a wanted list. If the program proves to be successful, the government will then implement the surveillance technology on train stations all over Germany.
The move was prompted by the recent spate of terror attacks in the country, particularly the incident at Berlin Christmas market which left 12 dead. However, a number of other groups and individuals have called it “Orwellian”, given the country’s unique history.