Northamptonshire Police has confirmed that it will be using live facial recognition (LFR) technology and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) units to enhance security at the 2023 Formula 1 Aramco British Grand Prix this weekend. With more than 450,000 visitors expected, the police force explained its focus is to ensure safety. The announcement marks the first time that LFR will be deployed outside the South Wales and Metropolitan Police areas to combat crime and protect people attending the event.
In response to the news, civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch said, "Live facial recognition is a dystopian mass surveillance tool that turns innocent members of the public into walking ID cards. Northamptonshire Police are trampling over the public’s rights and liberties by using this Orwellian technology."
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