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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Metropolitan London Police’s Facial Recognition Technology is 98% Inaccurate

Police officers have just begun testing facial recognition software in London. So far, it has accurately identified… nobody.

However, it generate lots of erroneous leads, usually called “false positives.”

Privacy campaigners said the “intrinsically Orwellian” facial recognition software should be scrapped, while a senior academic warned that governments faced “grave challenges” in preventing potential abuse of the technology. Silkie Carlo, director of the Big Brother Watch pressure group, which is to launch a campaign on the issue on Tuesday, said:

“Police must immediately stop using real-time facial recognition if they are to stop misidentifying thousands of innocent citizens as criminals. It is an intrinsically Orwellian police tool that has resulted in ordinary people being stopped and asked for their ID to prove their innocence.”

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Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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