Critics hit out at police plan to use facial recognition on coronation crowds

Human rights campaigners described the technology as ‘Orwellian’ and said it had ‘no place’ on the streets of Britain.

Margaret Davis
Wednesday 03 May 2023 19:09 BST
Human rights campaigners have hit out at the use of the technology (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Human rights campaigners have hit out at the use of the technology (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Human rights campaigners have heavily criticised potential police use of facial recognition on crowds attending the coronation.

The Metropolitan Police is considering using the technology over the weekend, with a watch list of people that officers believe pose a risk to public safety.

This could include wanted criminals or offenders under strict licence conditions, the force said.

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