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14th June 2019, 18:20

Facial recognition cameras installed at Gibraltar Airport

Facial recognition cameras have been installed at Gibraltar Airport but are not yet operational.

In response to GBC questions a Government spokesperson said facial recognition cameras are currently operational at the Frontier and the Cruise Terminal.

The Government spokesperson told GBC the facial recognition software assists law enforcement agencies with the identification of criminals and illegal immigrants.

Signs in all three areas are there to advise the public that CCTV cameras are being used.

These cameras were installed around three years ago, with the Chief Minister making reference to the technology in his 2016 Budget address. He said; "the Government is pleased to have invested not only in additional human resources, but also in the latest availabe technology in passport scanners, [...] CCTV and facial recognition cameras." He added that all of which had enabled Gibraltar authorities to work closely with UK Borderforce, the Home Office and Interpol.