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King’s Cross investor questions ‘extent and use’ of controversial facial recognition cameras

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London Telegraph
August 20, 2019

Akey investor in a 67-acre development in London’s King’s Cross has expressed its concern over the controversial use of facial recognition technology in the area.

The BT Pensions Scheme (BTPS), which bankrolled the site alongside overseas investor AustralianSuper, has said it is working with developer Argent to reveal the ‘extent and use’ of facial recognition across the site.

“We are looking into the reported use of facial recognition at King’s Cross and take this issue very seriously,” said a statement issued to the BBC on behalf of BTPS by Hermes Investment Management.

“We are working closely with Argent to fully understand the extent and use of this technology.”

The statement suggests that BTPS was not aware that its development partner had installed facial recognition cameras in the area. The site is privately-owned, but much of it is open to the public. It hosts Google’s UK headquarters, schools and a host of restaurants.

Argent recently redeveloped the area, but came under fire after a report in the Financial Times said the company had installed cameras capable of facial detection.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 3:42 am





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