Source: Business Insider
UK police will now use facial recognition technology to scan the faces of passersby on the street to see if they are criminals. London’s Metropolitan Police said on Friday that it would deploy standalone facial recognition cameras through parts of the capital to tackle knife and gun violence, terrorism, and other major crimes. The force said the cameras would be signposted, and officers close by would hand out leaflets about the system. Civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch vowed to fight the implementation of facial recognition and slammed it as “an enormous expansion of the surveillance state and a serious threat to civil liberties in the UK.” Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The UK’s largest police force will use facial recognition cameras to scan the faces of passersby to see if they are criminals, in a move that critics slammed as a massive expansion of surveillance. In a statement on its website published Friday , London’s Metropolitan Police said the system would involve using cameras to focus on “a small, targeted area to scan passers-by.” The force said cameras would be signposted, and offices involved in the operation would hand out leaflets about the activity.