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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London


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A camera used during trials of the new facial recognition system at Scotland Yard.

London's Metropolitan police will start using live facial recognition cameras on the citys streets next month.

Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

London's Metropolitan Police plans to deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets next month, despite outcries from civil liberties advocates and experts' doubts of the technology's efficiency.

Essex University's Pete Fussey estimated the cameras are verifiably accurate in identifying wanted suspects in only 19% of cases, versus the Met's claim of 70% effectiveness.

The Met said the cameras would be connected to a suspect database, and if someone is detected who is not in the database, that person's information will be deleted.

However, if the system flags someone who is wanted, an officer will speak to that individual.

The Met promised London Mayor Sadiq Khan the system will not be connected to other official databases, or used by authorities to monitor all of London or track someone down.

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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