Facial recognition is the panopticon at work

Geoff White on BBC Click looks at facial recognition technology.

Facial recognition technology is dangerous. The UK should follow San Francisco’s example and ban its use.

The argument, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, is a smokescreen. It appeals to a very narrow logic without recognising the threat. It presumes if you disagree, raise concerns, refuse to comply, you must have something to hide. It allows vested interests to push an agenda that does nothing for any of our liberty.

Facial recognition is the first step in the state automating policing, in automating the panopticon. People will change the way they behave because you will never know when you’re being watched.

Facial recognition weaponises surveillance, weaponises the weapon.


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