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    Germany Set to Equip Airports, Trains With Face Recognition Cameras

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    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he would like to install the facial recognition software in cameras at airports and train stations to catch criminals.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — He also supported the idea of introducing a ban on backpacks at large venues.

    "Individuals have the opportunity to take a picture of someone and find out whether they have seen a politician or a celebrity using the face recognition software on the Internet. I want to use such software for facial recognition in video cameras at train stations and airports," Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

    The German Interior Ministry has recently proposed a set of new security measures, including the increase in the number of police officers by 15,000 people in the wake of the two lone-wolf attacks in Germany's Bavaria in July. Responsibility for both attacks was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, which is banned in Germany and Russia as well as many other countries.


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