London police has started using facial recognition cameras from Feb 11 to automatically scan for wanted people. Surveillance cameras mounted on a blue police van monitored people coming out of a shopping center in Stratford, in east London. Signs were put warning that police were using the technology to find people wanted for serious crimes.
Officers stood nearby, explained to passers-by how the system works. It’s the first time London’s Metropolitan Police Service has used live facial recognition cameras after series of trials that ended last year. London’s system uses technology from Japan’s NEC to scan faces in the crowds to see if they matched any on a “watchlist” of 5,000 faces created specifically for the operation.
The new technology has been used, despite warnings from rights groups, lawmakers and independent experts about a lack of accuracy and bias in the system and the erosion of privacy.
Source: News On Air