Face masks prompt London police to consider pause in rollout of facial recognition cameras


The rollout of facial recognition cameras in London is facing disruption as citizens are now using face coverings that could potentially incapacitate the technology.

The United Kingdom has been a keen adopter of surveillance technology including facial recognition cameras in recent years, despite concerns that widespread spying erodes citizen rights to privacy.

Last year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched an investigation into a trial of facial recognition cameras installed at King’s Cross, a busy underground and overground train station, based on claims that commuters and passers-by were being surveilled without explicit consent.

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Source: ZDNet