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Facial Recognition Sparks Privacy Concerns at U.K. Watchdog

Aug. 12, 2019, 12:07 PM

Spying on the public with facial-recognition cameras risks violating tough new privacy laws, the U.K.’s data regulator warned following a report in the Financial Times that they’re being used at London’s King’s Cross development.

“We have concerns about the potential for inappropriate use of facial-recognition technology, in ways that could undermine people’s privacy,” the Information Commissioner’s Office said in an email on Aug. 12.

The authority warned that the European Union’s data protection laws since May 2018 force organizations “to assess and reduce the privacy risks” of new, intrusive surveillance systems.

King’s Cross development in London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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