Surveillance Nation

Is Ireland' ready for facial recognition technology? 

We polled 1,000 adults about their attitudes towards Dublin following London's lead and deploying facial recognition cameras in key locations to help fight crime and terrorism.  

The answer might surprise you - the vast majority of people are in favour, including 68% of Dubliners, and older people are more in favour than younger people:

But of course, facial recognition technologies raise many issues about privacy and the potential for abuse by more authoritarian regimes.

We asked respondents how worried they are about a potential loss of privacy if facial recognition cameras and technologies are deployed more widely, and a sizeable minority expressed concern, especially young people:

But the reality is that the majority are not worried.

Other things being equal, expect a lot more surveillance in Dublin and other Irish cities in the 2020s.

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