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‘Orwellian state surveillance': Met police presents facial recognition cameras on London streets & faces backlash online

Posted On: Jan 24, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

‘Orwellian state surveillance': Met police presents facial recognition cameras on London streets & faces backlash online

The London Metropolitan police have announced that they will be deploying facial recognition cameras for the first time on the streets of the capital within the next month, prompting fears the move will erode civil liberties.
Met police say that the cameras will be operating for five to sex hours at a time, covering a “small, targeted area,” with officers working with bespoke lists of suspects wanted for serious and violent crime being drawn up each time. It comes after recent pilots of the new surveillance technology in London and South Wales.
In response, privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has warned that the latest technological development represents “an enormous expansion of the surveillance state and a serious threat to civil liberties in the UK.”
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who has long been a civil liberties campaigner, branded it “unwise” on social media. Many people on Twitter appeared to concur with the former minister's views, with accusations that an “Orwellian state surveillance...

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