SARI: Italian facial recognition policing tool

The “S.A.R.I.” (Sistema Automatico di Riconoscimento Immagini), or Automated Image Recognition System, is an algorithmic facial recognition tool used by Italy’s national police force. The software has the capacity to process live footage and identify recorded subjects through a process of facial matching (AlgorithmWatch 2019). In 2018, SARI made headlines when it correctly identified two burglars in Brescia as a result of its algorithmic matching process. Despite being successful in that instance, questions have been raised regarding the accuracy of the software (the risks it poses to justice and safety due to a susceptibility to create false-positives and false-negatives), as well as cybersecurity and privacy guidelines it follows (ibid).