Police Scotland to introduce live facial recognition technology

21/06/2024 | Daily Mail

Police in Scotland are considering the implementation of live facial recognition technology (LFT), a move that has sparked controversy and raised concerns about privacy. Use of the technology would involve police vans using LFT to monitor and identify individuals to crack down on shoplifting and individuals who have violated bail conditions. The initiative is part of a larger effort to leverage technology in law enforcement to combat crime.

In a statement, Jake Hurfurt, head of research and investigations at digital rights group Big Brother Watch (BBW), said: 

"Britain needs to have a proper conversation about the role big data and AI plays in our policing, rather than allowing the government and the police to cobble together patchwork legal justifications to experiment on the public with intrusive and Orwellian technology.

"We’re sleepwalking into a high-tech police state."

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