Monaco’s police force has been using the Principality’s 1,000 CCTV cameras for many years to check on the comings and goings of individuals and vehicles, adding significantly to public security.

However, there are plans in place to take the use of facial recognition one step further, by enshrining it in law. The National Council is due to discuss draft legislation on the topic early in the new year.

An early draft was delivered to the elected body on Tuesday, December 26.

Citing an increase in threats to public order, the Prince’s Government will also employ artificial intelligence to identify potential threats. Apart from other benefits, individuals who are the subject of international arrest warrants will be identified in seconds, the system’s proponents say.

FILE PHOTO: One of Monaco’s 1,000 CCTV cameras