Met's facial recognition rollout is dangerous, oppressive and completely unjustified

24 January 2020

Liberty has condemned today’s announcement from the Metropolitan police as a sinister step, pushing the UK into a “surveillance state”.

Clare Collier, Advocacy Director at Liberty, said: “This is a dangerous, oppressive and completely unjustified move by the Met. Facial recognition technology gives the State unprecedented power to track and monitor any one of us, destroying our privacy and our free expression.

“Rolling out a mass surveillance tool that has been rejected by democracies and embraced by oppressive regimes is a dangerous and sinister step. It pushes us towards a surveillance state in which our freedom to live our lives free from State interference no longer exists.”

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