UK Police Scanned The Faces Of 100,000 People At A Music Festival

Leicestershire Police used this weekend’s event to do a test run of their new facial recognition tech, trying to catch “organised criminals” who specifically target music festivals to “steal mobile phones,” according to a report in Police Oracle. The collected footage is compared against a database of custody images to identify the criminals — in this case, an alleged musicfest phone robbing crime ring. Facial recognition is increasingly being used by law enforcement. In the US, it’s used by the FBI and a spattering of local police departments, though generally in a more limited setting — specific to an ongoing investigation or in a controlled environment like a store. Scanning a throng of faces at an outdoor public event is taking it to a new level, which is why the local Police Oracle article got the attention of Noisey, TechDirt, and the BBC.

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