Guillermo Ibarrolla facial recognition wrongful arrest
Occurred: October 2023
An Argentinian man was arrested in Buenos Aires on the basis that he had been identified by a facial recognition system for a crime he had not committed.
The incident highlighted flaws in the system's accuracy, and concerns about privacy. Buenos Aires' Fugitive Facial Recognition System or Sistema de Reconocimiento Facial de Prófugos (SNRP) system was deactivated in March 2020 after it had been found to have caused 140 wrongful arrests or police checks.
Operator: Government of the City of Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires City Police; Argentine Ministry of Justice and Security; ReNaPer
Developer: NtechLab; Danaide
Sector: Govt - municipal; Govt - police
Purpose: Identify/track criminals
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance
Transparency: Governance; Complaints/appeals
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Published: October 2023