The British police are starting a live trial for facial recognition practice in public places despite widespread criticism that the controversial technology could be a serious breach of privacy of the citizens.
The Metropolitan Police, or the Met, which is responsible for law enforcement in London, said on Saturday that testing the facial recognition technology will be carried out in areas around Westminster, a central neighborhood of the capital, on December 17-18.
The Met said the trial will be carried out in an “overt” manner with officers wearing uniforms and handing the public a series of information leaflets.
They said the faces used in the live testing process will be of those wanted by the police or the courts and members of the public could refuse to cooperate.
The announcement is expected to face huge public outcry especially from campaigners of privacy and personal freedom.
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