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Police used FACIAL recognition to monitor shopping centre visitors for SIX months

October 15, 2018 8:26 PM
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GREATER Manchester Police has been forced to pause its surveillance using Automatic Facial Recognition to scan shoppers after intrusion concerns after officers used the controversial surveillance to monitor every visitor at Trafford Centre for six months.

Mr Porter wrote on a government blog: ”Compared to the size and scale of the processing of all people passing a camera, the group they might hope to identify was minuscule.”

He added that people must understand the risks, opportunities and threats the technology presents.

“We mustn’t default to using potentially invasive technology simply because we can nor must we shy away from the potential societal and security benefits it can bring,” Mr Porter noted.

It is thought that the project was launched by Trafford Centre in a bid to make visitors’ and staff experiences’ safer - and has only been paused while legal advice is sought.


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