The Public Security Police (PSP) has requested authorization from the Government to install, in at least two municipalities, Portimão and Leiria, artificial intelligence (AI) video surveillance systems, which make it possible, inter alia, to search for people by physical characteristics or by gender. However, camcorders with this technology will not have pleased the National Data Protection Commission (CNPD), which has failed to install it in binding opinions and signed by its chairman, Filipa Galvão, who was the rapporteur for the texts.
The news was advanced this Tuesday by TSF, which guarantees that you consulted the documents. CNPD's radio source said it was the first time the organization had commented on the use of such technologies in video surveillance, following the advice requested by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
But what is the system that does not seem to be pleasing the CNPD? According to TSF, the technology allows, among other things, to search for people by physical characteristics, gender, clothes colors or hair. For this, it uses AI, soft recognition and machine learning.
However, the Commission considers that the proposed system "entails large-scale systematic monitoring and tracing of people and their habits and behavior, as well as the identification of persons from data on physical characteristics, and is undeniable", according to the Commission. the CNPD, “the high risk to fundamental rights to data protection and respect for privacy”, as well as privacy and freedom.
CNPD is an independent administrative entity with powers of authority, which works with the Assembly of the Republic
According to the radio, CNPD smashes the claims, even speaking of a "high risk to citizens' privacy, not only for the amount and type of information that can be collected, but also for the opacity of the standards analysis process" of images.
Objective is to install over 100 AI cameras in Portimão and Leiria
The project for Portimão foresees the installation of 61 cameras, 10 of them in the city and 51 in Praia da Rocha, at a time when the extended video surveillance in a bathing area still raises many doubts. In this case, the opinion underlines that this is an "area where people are most exposed, so greater caution is required when using these systems".