London Police Just Turned On Facial Recognition In One Of The World’s Busiest Shopping Districts
Just across from the Microsoft store on London’s Regent Street, and just outside the entrance to the Oxford Circus tube station, cameras atop dark blue police vans are watching passersby.
The tech is fairly simple: Cameras scan faces and when one matches with one on their list of wanted criminal suspects, the police swoop in. But it’s more complex than that, with claims that the technology will often falsely identify people as criminals, especially when they’re not white.
Protesters say the tech is racist and destroys people’s privacy. Police say they’re trying to keep London safe.