Serbia’s Surveillance Cameras Can Recognize Faces, License Plates

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Serbia has been working with the Chinese technology firm Huawei to implement a surveillance system across its capital city of Belgrade.

Officials are touting the effort as a way to fight crime and enforce traffic laws. Critics fear it will further erode privacy and civil liberties in the increasingly authoritarian country.

The Safe City program, introduced in Belgrade in 2018, aims to install 1,000 high-definition cameras equipped with face and license plate recognition software. It’s already installed a few hundred.

Serbian authorities say the system will automatically detect the faces of anyone within the camera’s range,

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