FACIAL-RECOGNITION technology the Metropolitan police are using to automatically identify people on surveillance cameras is said to be wrong 98% of the time. Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch branded the automated facial recognition software as “dangerous and inaccurate” due to its inability to identify people correctly. The organisation added that its use is “lawless” and could breach the right to privacy protected by the Human Rights Act. According to the watchdog’s new report entitled ‘Face Off: the lawless growth of facial recognition in UK policing’, the Metropolitan Police’s facial recognition tech misidentified 95 people at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival as criminals. Yet the force is still planning to go ahead with seven more deployments of the technology later this year. “Real-time facial recognition is a dangerously authoritarian surveillance tool that could fundamentally change policing in the UK. Members of the public could be tracked, located and identified – or misidentified – everywhere they go,” said director of Big Brother Watch, Silkie Carlo. What is facial-recognition? The controversial tech explained Facial-recognition is a way of identifying or verifying who a person is by scanning their face with a computer. Its main use is to make sure a person is who… Read full this story
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