TruNews: UK Police Fines Man after He Protested Facial Recognition

TruNews: UK Police Fines Man after He Protested Facial Recognition:

If The ‘Predictive Policing’ Technology Makes Its Way To The U.S., There Could Be Some Major Problems.

Police have taken to detaining and even fining people who protest or resist having their faces scanned by facial recognition technology currently on trial in the United Kingdom, according to a British civil rights watchdog group.

As TruNews first reported last year, the Scotland Yard has been experimenting with facial recognition technology for several months, but with the official disclaimer that “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious.” However, The Independent newspaper reports that witnesses have observed several people who were stopped after covering up their faces or pulling on their hoods.

The anti-police state group Big Brother Watch has been observing the Metropolitan Police Department’s facial recognition trials. In one extreme case the group says demonstrates the danger of “predictive policing” technology like facial recognition, a man “pulled up the top of his jumper over the bottom of his face, put his head down, and walked past.”

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