A civil society group has called on the government to ban face-to-face cameras, citing the use of technology by parliament.
Thirty-one organizations, including Amnesty International, Freedom and Privacy International, have posted an open letter allowing police, local councils and executive agencies to use face recognition in the UK and Wales.
The directive was published last week during a parliamentary recess at the College of Policy and without any notice from him or the government, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The group’s letter states that the Court of Appeals ruled that South Wales police used face-to-face cameras as a pilot program in violation of national privacy and equality law.
“Technologies that interfere with a democratic society must be properly investigated,” the letter said.
“The police and the interior ministry have so far passed the parliament on the issue of LFRT (live face recognition technology). Despite the interference of this technology, its many years of controversial use and the risks associated with its use, we do not intend to consider LFRT plans for parliament.
The group added: “Parliament and other stakeholders are calling for an end to the use of face recognition technology by the police and private companies, as it poses significant and insurmountable risks to our community.
We do not believe that LFRT can be safely deployed in public places and for mass monitoring purposes.
The letter states that the use of face recognition technology “represents a significant change in the relationship between the individual and the government.”
“The implications come not only from the perspective of privacy and information protection, but also from the perspective of a major ethical question for a democratic society that allows and allows such technology to be released,” he said.
LFRT raises significant issues for our human rights, such as freedom of expression and assembly.
Concerned groups, LFRT said it could be used in “public gatherings” by threatening rights such as “sports events, music concerts and protests.”
In addition, the deployment of this spy technology could reflect and exacerbate the current disproportionate police system in minorities, ”the letter said.