Big Brother is watching you: Facial recognition in the UK

Katie Hewson, Daniel Jones and Nelson Kiu of Stephenson Harwood LLP report on the latest, sometimes controversial developments with live facial recognition.

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, the integration of live facial recognition (LFR) technology into public surveillance systems has sparked considerable debate. This is especially so in the UK, where LFR has recently made headlines and emerged as a contentious issue at the intersection of privacy rights, civil liberties, and public security concerns.

What is LFR?

LFR is a technology that enables real-time and automated identification or verification of individuals based on their biometric facial characteristics. Using artificial intelligence to compare captured facial images against existing databases of known faces, LFR enables the swift identification of individuals. However, LFR has the capability to automatically and indiscriminately capture biometric data of individuals passing within the camera’s range.

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