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An Oireachtas committee will hear from Gardaí and civil liberties groups today

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is expected to brief the committee on the current strain his force are taking in order to conduct investigations.

According to the Irish Times, up to 22,000 hours of footage from November’s Dublin riots have come to the attention of the Gardaí and Commissioner Harris will tell the committee that “manual processing by Garda personnel sitting at screens is becoming unfeasible and ineffective”.

Mr Harris also feels like it is time to introduce Facial Recognition Technology.

It’s also reported that every major criminal investigation now requires the processing of digital evidence with some investigations having upwards of 50,000 hours of footage to claw through.

On the other side, some Irish civil liberties groups feel the risk of introduction of the technology bring too much of a risk and despite the technology undoubtedly speeding up investigations for Gardaí, it “engages many fundamental human rights”.

 

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