Read at Privacy International
Privacy organizations including Privacy International and Big Brother Watch have written a letter to the UK Home Secretary expressing concerns about the use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) in the country. The organizations argue that the indiscriminate use of FRT for mass surveillance in public spaces is happening without specific legislation to restrict its use. They call on the Home Secretary to put an end to the expansion of FRT in order to protect privacy and fundamental freedoms. The letter also highlights the endorsement of FRT by the Home Office and the use of retrospective FRT by UK territorial police forces and private companies.
The indiscriminate use of this dystopian biometric technology to identify people in public spaces is a form of mass surveillance [...] happening in a democratic vacuum, without specific legislation to restrict its use.