Legislator pushes for facial recognition systems


New Zealand parliamentarian Te Ururoa Flavell urged colleagues considing his Gambling Amendment Bill to push for the introduction of technology that would require electronic gambling machines to scan players faces to compare against a database of problem gamblers. The bill would require gambling venues to introduce systems for players to track losses and pre-set limits on the time and money they could spend gambling. New Zealand’s Positive Outlook said it will shortly be installing the facial-recognition technology in a club with 18 machines at a cost of NZ$27,000 ($23,278) and put the cost for covering the country’s 18,000 machines at NZ$25 million to NZ$35 million.