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Scanning 36 Million Faces Per Second

CCTV—JAPAN

March 30, 2012

New technology now has the ability to scan through days of CCTV camera footage in seconds "and find any face which has ever walked past it," The Daily Mail reports. Hitachi Hokusai Electric has created the technology, which reportedly can scan 36 million faces per second. "The technology raises the spectre of governments--or other organisations--being able to 'find' anyone instantly simply using a passport photo or a Facebook profile," the report states. The company has suggested it would be appropriate for "customers that have a relatively large-scale surveillance system, such as railways, power companies, law enforcement and large stores."
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