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Hi-tech CCTV can recognise faces from half a mile away

London Telegraph [1]
Oct 3, 2012

Andrew Rennison said new technology was being rolled out without public consultation.

It is so intrusive that Britain may be in breach of human rights laws, he warned, and most people are ignorant of how sophisticated technology has become.

“The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it,” Mr Rennison said. “”I’m convinced that if we don’t regulate it properly – ie the technological ability to use millions of images we capture – there will be a huge public backlash. It is the Big Brother scenario playing out large. It’s the ability to pick out your face in a crowd from a camera which is probably half a mile away.”

The former police officer said he was concerned about high-definition cameras “popping up all over the place”. He said the Home Office research into facial recognition had reached a 90 per cent success rate and it is improving by the day.

He added cameras were now “storing all the images they record … and the capability is there to run your image against a database of wanted people.”

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