Facial recognition patrols London
The police will deploy live facial recognition technology in central London this week. The Metropolitan Police will use the software to cover Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square today and tomorrow.
As people pass through the areas their images will streamed directly to the Met’s Live Facial Recognition system database which contains a watch list of offenders.
The authorities says the artificial intelligence facial recognition technology, which can scan over 300 faces per second, will be used overtly for the trial.
“We always explain why we’ve stopped someone; we also give them a leaflet that explains how they can contact us to ask any questions afterwards,” the Met says.
The police have been criticised by civil liberties campaigners for their ongoing use of live facial recognition surveillance.
Big Brother Watch argues that monitoring innocent people in public is a breach of fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech and assembly.
“The fact that it has been utterly useless so far shows what a terrible waste of police time and public money it is,” says Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch. “It is well overdue that police drop this dangerous and lawless technology.”