11/05/2014 03:35 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST

Alberta Privacy Commissioner Investigates Calgary Police Body Cams, Equipment

CALGARY - Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating the use of some high-tech equipment used by the Calgary police.

Jill Clayton is looking into whether facial recognition software and body-worn cameras are acceptable under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Calgary Police Service announced just days ago that it would be using facial recognition as a screening tool to help solve crimes.

Clayton says in a release that she will looking at how and why officers will use the technology, how personal information will be managed and how it will be protected.

Clayton points out police do have broad authority to collect, use and disclose personal information in carrying out their job.

Results of her investigation and any recommendations are to be made public.



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