Facial recognition is not just useless. In police hands, it is dangerous | Martha Spurrier

In one trial by the Met, the results were 98% inaccurate. People must be protected from being falsely identified as criminals

UK police use of facial recognition technology a failure, says report

Science fiction is often a precursor to science fact. Some of the best dystopian novels and films are set in a nightmarish world where the state can follow you everywhere you go, as your face flashes up a match on a population-level database.

Now facial recognition is here for real. The police are scanning thousands of our faces – at protests, football matches, music festivals and even Remembrance Day commemorations – and comparing them against secret databases.

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