“Spanish police will soon be allowed to use an automatic facial recognition tool, dubbed ABIS (automatic biometric identification system)… The program compares images introduced by the police, like an image obtained from a security camera, to images stored in a database, which will contain over five million images of suspects and detainees already on file. Those arrested after the system is launched will be added to the database.

The database will not use images from civil database records, like the database containing photos used for national identity documents.”