Hebron Palestinian facial recognition surveillance

October 2021

Israel's defence force is using a smartphone-based facial recognition system in Hebron, part of the occupied West Bank. According to the Washington Post, the 'Blue Wolf' system is being used to take photographs of Palestinians’ faces and match them to a database. The system enables Israeli soldiers to identify and detain Palestinians before they have presented their ID cards.

The report mentions the system may form part of Hebron Smart City, a broader CCTV-based network that is said to track Palestinians in their homes. Hebron Smart City includes White Wolf, an app used by security officials in West Bank settlements to identify Palestinians before they enter settlements to work.

Operator: Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Developer: Blue Wolf
Govt - defence
Identify Palestinians
Technology: Facial recognition
Privacy; Surveillance
Opacity: Existence; Consent; Sharing