Are you ready for a world of facial recognition? Several UK police forces have been trialing the new technology
The Metropolitan Police have been trialling the use of facial recognition in different parts of London, using cameras to scan passers-by to find matches on watch lists.
South Wales Police have used similar technology in more than a dozen trials.
Some privacy campaigners say there is no UK legislation regarding facial recognition and it is being used without regulation.
The Home Office has previously said facial recognition can be an “invaluable tool” in fighting crime.
The Metropolitan Police have now concluded the trial and are awaiting the results of an independent evaluation.
South Wales Police under fire for using facial recognition technology against protesters
It is a great infringement of fans’ rights…Thousands of innocent people will have their faces scanned against a database of half a million photos.
This intrusive biometric surveillance has no place at the Notting Hill carnival. There is no basis in law for facial recognition, no transparency around its use.
Use on protests
This is the first time that I have been aware of the police openly using FRT to monitor protest activity, and it is a clear step-change in the policing of political assemblies.
The capabilities of FRT – identifying, tracking and recording associations – enable a systematic surveillance process which, if it is used to monitor political activists, creates a huge threat to the right to freedom of assembly.
Up until now, South Wales Police have used FRT to target ticket touts, and people with outstanding court warrants. Using this system to identify people taking part in political protest is a very different thing. These are campaigners, not criminals. And the threat to civil rights should not be underestimated.
Part 1: New facial recognition technology takes surveillance to the next level
ABC [Australia] 9 September 2015
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