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Morocco: CNDP issues deliberation allowing use of facial recognition by social security institutions

The Moroccan data protection authority ('CNDP') issued, on 29 July 2020, a deliberation ('the Deliberation') on the use of facial recognition technologies by social security institutions in the context of authentication procedures for the proof of life of beneficiaries. In particular, the Deliberation recommends, among other things, the use of a national third party system without multiplication of authentication databases and the separate storage of authentication data from other types of data. In addition, the Deliberation outlines, among other things, that it is possible to use facial recognition technology in the social security sector following a prior authorisation request to the CNDP, and that data controllers must ascertain the phases of authentication, once the system is set up by a trusted third party.

You can read the Deliberation, only available in French, here.