The UK’s largest police force has spent over £200,000 on controversial facial recognition trials that have proved to be useless, a report says.
Only two people were stopped in six deployments by the Metropolitan Police, The Independent reported, adding the two were released afterwards.
Nonetheless, the National Police Chiefs’ Council plans to draw up national guidance on how the technology should be employed, a freedom of information request by The Independent showed.
Campaigners at Big Brother Watch, which has launched a legal challenge over the use of technology, described it as a “shambles,” saying the force was “wasting public money.”
Director Silkie Carlo said, “I think members of the public will be disappointed to see the police have spent over £200,000 in this shambles experiment playing with facial recognition and citizens’ liberties.
“The figures show, yet again, that this authoritarian surveillance is…