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London police begin using live facial recognition

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 14, 2020
London’s Metropolitan Police began using live facial recognition technology as part of routine police operations, despite critics’ objections.
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The technology was operationally deployed for the first time three days ago in a shopping center in Stratford, east London.

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A blue police van with surveillance cameras on top was parked near the center’s entrance with signs telling civilians live facial recognition was in use. Some protestors gathered to demonstrate against the use of the technology.

Police said it was “part of a proactive policing operations to focus on violent and other serious offenses.”

Live facial recognition analyses facial patterns of passers by and cross references the data with digital images of wanted criminals. If there is a match, police verify the identity of the suspect before an arrest is made.