The Daily Express reported on a competition unveiled by the Home Office for ideas on how to tackle knife crime.
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said:
“This ‘competition’ seeks to turn a serious crime problem into a dystopian race towards invasive surveillance tools that would covertly scan the bodies of thousands of innocent people in public.
This would do nothing to deal with the causes of our country’s problem with violent crime but would be a terrible sacrifice of citizens’ freedoms.
The Government should be taking serious action to understand and deal with the root causes of knife crime rather than imposing authoritarian security tools on our streets.”