British citizens, already the most watched people on Earth, are about to be caught on camera even more often. This week, NCP, an airport parking and car park company, announced that it will install facial recognition systems in 40 of its parking lots around Greater Manchester.
Footage of people entering the company’s car parks will be automatically scanned. Their faces will be checked to see if they match pictures of known or suspected car thieves from the company’s own database.
NCP officials say the system will allow staff to protect vehicles by taking early action against criminals. But, not surprisingly, in a country where each citizen is caught on camera about 3,000 times a week, privacy advocates are already up in arms.
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