Three casinos trial facial recognition systems


At least three casinos are reportedly testing facial recognition systems inside their premises, according to Macau’s gaming regulator.

“Currently, two or three casinos are testing. During their operations, they have to strictly obey the personal data protection law,” said Paulo Martins Chan, the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). 

When asked by local media whether these systems will be used to enforce the gaming worker entry ban, Chan said the government needed more time to study the situation.

“I think it will take time for the parties involved to comprehend the personal data protection law. If possible, at the preliminary stage, [the system] will be used on a small scale in a few places. Then we will be able to see how the laws can oversee the use of the equipment.”

At the moment, facial recognition systems are only to be used for security purposes, said Chan.