Britain’s surveillance watchdog has criticised ministers for failing to clamp down on an “explosion” of spy technology that is monitoring millions of citizens.
Tony Porter, the surveillance camera commissioner, said it was unacceptable that no law had been introduced to control how intrusive technologies such as facial recognition were used.
Police forces and private companies are increasingly using automated CCTV cameras to collect people’s facial and biometric data. Unlike covert surveillance, which requires approval from a senior police officer or judge, “overt” spy systems are not covered by such safeguards.
Privacy campaigners have criticised the technology as being inaccurate and prone to racial bias. It has been deployed in shopping centres and at festivals, sports events, concerts and peaceful demonstrations.
“It’s clear that these cameras…
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