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Scotland Yard Confirms It's Using Facial Recognition Tech 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-guys-are-a-riot dept.
nonprofiteer writes "Scotland Yard confirms that it's using facial recognition technology to identify rioters in London. 'A law enforcement official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said that facial recognition is one of many tools police are using to hunt suspects still at large.' Meanwhile, the vigilante group trying an amateur stab applying facial recognition to the riot photos abandoned the project because the results sucked. This is the big test of the surveillance state that London has become. Are all those cameras effective, or just taking a toll on privacy without bringing added security?"
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Scotland Yard Confirms It's Using Facial Recognition Tech

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  • by Bob-taro (996889) on Friday August 12, 2011 @09:44AM (#37068206)

    As long as law enforcement doesn't take down social networks... People in London have been using it to protect themselves and communicate with each other from the yobs running around.

    Use of this technology was inevitable and people can always argue about the "big brother" feeling with these cameras and technology, but in the end it dOesn't affect normal, law-aBiding citizEns except for Yobs.

    Odd -- I feel an unaccountable desire to agree with you...

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.