‘The secret expansion of controversial facial recognition technology has been laid bare after an investigation by The Mail on Sunday discovered it is now being used by ten police forces, councils and hundreds of shops.
Civil liberties groups are increasingly worried by the spread of the ‘Big Brother’ cameras which record a person’s face as they walk along a street and convert the image into an ‘algorithmic pattern’, or ‘biometric print’, which is compared to faces on a database of suspects.
If a match is found, police officers can be ordered to stop and search this person.
A secret Home Office document, seen by this newspaper, names the ten police forces in England and Wales that have trialled live facial recognition (LFR) technology and are now ready to roll out the cameras for wider use.’
Read more: Revealed: Big Brother facial recognition cameras are watching you more than ever – being used by ten police forces, councils and hundreds of shops across Britain