Sky News – Privacy campaigners warn of facial recognition epidemic

Big Brother Watch Team / August 16, 2019

Our investigation uncovered a facial recognition epidemic across privately owned sites in the UK, some even secretly running in conjunction with police foces.

This includes large urban areas like Kings Cross in London, major property developers, shopping centres, museums, conference centres and casinos – all using authoritarian and lawless live facial recognition surveillance in the UK.

Director of Big Brother Watch, Silkie Carlo, said:

There is an epidemic of facial recognition in the UK.

The collusion between police and private companies in building these surveillance nets around popular spaces is deeply disturbing. Facial recognition is the perfect tool of oppression and the widespread use we’ve found indicates we’re facing a privacy emergency.

We now know that many millions of innocent people will have had their faces scanned with this surveillance without knowing about it, whether by police or by private companies.

The idea of a British museum secretly scanning the faces of children visiting an exhibition on the first emperor of China is chilling. There is a dark irony that this authoritarian surveillance tool is rarely seen outside of China.

Facial recognition surveillance risks making privacy in Britain extinct.

Parliament must follow in the footsteps of legislators in the US and urgently ban this authoritarian surveillance from public spaces.

 

Coverage

The Guardian – Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition ‘epidemic’

BBC – Meadowhall shoppers scanned in facial recognition trial

Sky News – Facial recognition technology ‘an epidemic in UK’, says Big Brother Watch

The Independent – Facial recognition becoming ‘epidemic’ in British public spaces

Daily Mail – Fears privacy for millions faces ‘extinction’ as it is revealed shopping centres, museums, casinos and public streets now use facial recognition cameras

The Telegraph – Investigation finds facial recognition ‘epidemic’ across British shopping centres and museums

Birmingham Mail – Facial recognition technology ‘used at Birmingham’s Millennium Point’ amid fears of UK ‘epidemic’

Yorkshire Post – Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield trialled ‘facial recognition’ technology