JR East drops plan to track ex-convicts using facial recognition

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has suspended adding freed prisoners to its list of people tracked at its stations by security cameras using facial recognition technology, after starting the practice this summer, he said. we learned on Wednesday.

JR East has suspended tracking due to concerns about privacy breaches raised from outside the company, company officials said.

According to JR East, the cameras were installed at its stations in July as part of increased security for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Those targeted by JR East’s follow-up were suspicious people roaming train stations, wanted suspects, and released prisoners and parolees who had committed serious crimes at company stations and inside its trains. .

JR East received information about released prisoners and others from the public prosecutor’s office as part of a system that notifies victims and managers of crime scene locations of a perpetrator’s release from prison .

After obtaining this information, the company would consider registering their face photos in its database.

If the cameras captured the released prisoners, JR East planned to have the security guards speak to them and request a baggage inspection.

But JR East said he has yet to put any released prisoners on his watchlist.

“This was limited to people who have committed serious crimes and can provoke terrorism,” said an official.

JR East has stopped following these people because the proper use of their information has not been sufficiently discussed in Japanese society.

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