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The Met police’s decision to use facial recognition not only harms our right to privacy—it damages our democracy, too

Both the police and technology companies talk about public "consent" in their work. But what if express consent no longer has to be sought?

By Adam Smith  

A camera being used during trials at Scotland Yard for the new facial recognition system, as police in London will soon start using facial recognition cameras for the first time.

We live in an age of data. The average web site shares information with dozens of third-party companies based on your clicks. Business and concert organisers use your phone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks to count, track, and collect smartphone information from the crowds. And, of course, we upload content to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a myriad of other web sites.

It’s almost inevitable, then, that a company like Clearview AI would…

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