Security & Strategic Review - August 2019

Argentina flirts with facial recognition technology

With a general election looming and crime a major talking point, Argentina has gone to increasing lengths to stamp out a wave of gang crime and drug trafficking that has swept the country in recent years. In February, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich announced a radical plan to tackle violence, including measures such as lowering the age for juvenile convictions from 16 to 15, arming police with Tasers, passing a law specifically targeting football violence, and – perhaps most significantly – trialling facial recognition technology at train stations in order to track criminals.

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