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London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears


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You’ve been warned.

George Orwell

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Disgusting. The Met are persisting with this despite every review of the system showing it has a less than 10% accuracy rate. It doesn't work on anyone who is not white, male or relatively young.

Why did the Met choose to use this in a very poor and ethnically diverse part of London? Why not where all the pickpocket and moped gangs work? Maybe the well off living in these areas would get solicitors involved.

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Meanwhile, London's police are too busy to investigate 99% of reported crime. Public confidence in them is at an all time low.

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The property group Argent which developed the Kings Cross Station area of London (home of Google, Facebook and Samsung) has been using FRT since last year.

That's a private company using facial recognition technology on millions of people in public places without their knowledge or consent. Think about that for a second.

"Where facial recognition has created controversy, though, is the revelation over the last week that one of London’s busiest railway stations, King’s Cross, has been using facial recognition to track visitors in the name of ensuring public safety. This is no small issue  the 67-acre site owned by King’s Cross includes London-based development centers for Facebook and Google, and Samsung also has facilities there. The property developer of the site, Argent, said in its own documentation that 176 million people pass through the station annually."


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You do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when you put yourself in a public place.

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Not that I agree with cameras being everywhere and facial recognition being used because we see how it can be used for nefarious purposes by how China uses it to repress the Uighurs. That said, we simply cannot expect privacy when we put ourselves out in public.

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Police arrest people and fine them for hiding their faces. Say Cheese!

Thst couldn’t happen in the US unless there were special circumstances like at a rally. Wearing a mask is a form of expression protected by the first amendment.

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Chip StarToday 08:15 am JST

You do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when you put yourself in a public place.

Fair enough, but can American companies use FRT in public spaces without informing anyone? That's what happened at Kings Cross. A genuine question, not being funny.

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