Japan's National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO) plans to create a shared facial recognition database among its members that could see repeat offenders identified across different firms.As was revealed this week in a Japan News report, the NSPO said in February that it would consider allowing facilities to share facial data with other establishments in the same industry or nearby establishments in different industries.The plan would see shoplifting suspects entered into a shared database so the person can be monitored when the person visits other shops.”Our investigations show that shoplifting costs stores about ¥460 billion a year,” NSPO Director General Ko Fukui. “It's life or death for small businesses.”However, Chuo University Associate Prof. Hiroshi Miyashita told the newspaper that the plan could raise privacy risks.