SARI facial recognition

Released: July 2018

SARI ('Sistema Automatico di Riconoscimento Immagini', or Automated System for Image Recognition') is a facial recognition system that enables police forces and sports authorities to identify criminals and suspected criminals.

Operator: Polizia di Stato; Udinese Calcio; S.S.C. Napoli
Developer: Reco 3.26

Country: Italy

Sector: Govt - police; Govt - immigration; Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Strengthen law enforcement

Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Dual/multi-use; Privacy

Transparency: Governance; Legal; Marketing; Privacy

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SARI facial recognition has been accused of being inaccurate and of jeopardising human rights and personal freedoms.

SARI Enterprise

SARI Enterprise is based on a database of 16 million mugshots, nine million of which belong to people identified once by the police, while the other seven million are of individuals who have been stopped repeatedly. The system was piloted for eight months from 2017 by Italy's national police and rolled out in July 2018.

SARI Real-time

SARI Real-time uses cameras installed in a particular geographical area and is capable of scanning individuals’ faces in real-time. These images are then compared with an Italian government watch-list database of up to 10,000 faces. The database is available to law enforcement upon request.

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Type: System
Published: February 2023
Last updated: March 2024