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Scotland Yard introduces facial recognition cameras to hunt 'watchlist' of 2,500 suspects


Added 01-24-20 07:36:07am EST - “Scotland Yard says trials have allowed them to secure a 70% success rate at picking up suspects who walk past cameras - but privacy campaigners say it is a 'fundamental breach of rights'.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Scotland Yard introduces facial recognition cameras to hunt suspects”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Metropolitan Police today revealed it will start using 'Big Brother' facial recognition cameras on the streets of London within the next month.

Scotland Yard says trials have allowed them to secure a 70 per cent success rate at picking up suspects who walk past cameras - but privacy campaigners say it is a 'breath-taking assault on rights'.

Detectives will draw up 2,500-strong watchlists of those suspected of the most serious crimes including murders, gun and knife crime, drug dealing and child abuse. 

Then cameras will be set up in busy areas such as in the West End, at major shopping centres, near sports and music events or high crime areas, for stints of five to six hours with officers in the area poised to grab people.

Suspects will be asked to identify themselves - and arrested if they are confirmed as wanted men or women. The cameras will also be used to trace missing people and vulnerable children.

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