September 8, 2017
35 False Matches And 1 Erroneous Arrest As Police Secretly Test Facial Recognition Technology
Firstly, the fact that the general public were used as guinea pigs by the police state when they were there to enjoy a celebratory event shows the level of disdain for basic civil liberties. Secondly, the fact that a test should result in actual questioning and detentions only doubles down on the violations to personal freedom. Lastly, one might wonder how any matches were made to begin with. Sky Newsreveals what we in the U.S. also have come to learn – the government has built a secret database(including innocent people) that’s just been waiting for the implementation of the recognition systems.
In the days before Carnival, Sky News revealed that police have more than 20 million facial recognition images on the British public, including hundreds of thousands on innocent people.
There are a number of legal questions surrounding the police’s databases, especially following a High Court ruling in 2012 which said that the retention of those images was unlawful.
That ruling seems to matter little to the Metropolitan Police who clearly suggest that such trials will continue:
The Met said: “We have always maintained that it was a continued trial to test the technology and assess if it could assist police in identifying known offenders in large events, in order to protect the wider public.”
“A full analysis of its deployments and a wider consultation will take place at the conclusion of the trial,” the spokesperson added, although no date was given for this.
Sky sources have suggested that the Met is planning to trial the technology at other events in the future.
This is the type of lawlessness that has now taken over law enforcement in an age where the public is just expected to endure a full loss of liberty in the name of security.
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