The debate over facial recognition technology

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UK police and companies must stop using live facial recognition for public surveillance, some MPs and campaigners have said.

The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often compiled by police.

Privacy campaigners say it is inaccurate, intrusive and infringes on an individual’s right to privacy.

The Home Office said it supported the police “as they trial new technologies to protect the public, including facial recognition, which helps them identify and locate suspects and criminals”.

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