Facial Recognition Cameras Get Switched Off at King's Cross

By David Basch on at

Facial-recognition technology will not be used at the King's Cross development in the future. The developer behind the London site says it now has "no plans to reintroduce any form of facial-recognition technology at the King's Cross Estate" after a very public outcry over its secret deployment three years ago.

It had previously emerged that facial recognition technology had been in use at the site between May 2016 and March 2018, capturing and analysing images of the general public without their knowledge or consent. The statement confirming the use of the technology by the estate was released only three weeks ago, well over three years after its initial deployment, sparking fears over a lack of transparency over what exactly the technology was doing with the data it collected and how it was employed for so long without the general public finding out.

In a society obsessed with collecting data on, well, everything, it's refreshing to see that the real-time scanning and analysing of our faces is still enough to give the general public the heebies. Still, it's hard to imagine a future where this kind of technology is not in heavy use. I suppose we'll all have to get a pair of facial-recognition blocking glasses, or just have a laugh at the terrible success rate of the technology and get on with our lives. [The Guardian]

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