The Lincolnshire Police force is set to trial a facial recognition system and behavioral technology that can identify people’s moods such as anger and distress. It works by scanning CCTV footage.
With the said system, the police force will be able to search the film for certain moods and facial expressions. And it will also allow them to find people wearing hats and glasses, or even those who are carrying umbrellas.
According to reports, the trial of this technology has been funded by the Home Office, a ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom, and was set o be tested in the market town of Gainsborough.
However, according to TNW, due to ethical or privacy concerns the pilot’s launch has been delayed.
As reported by Times, all the footage will be deleted after thirty one (31) days. Also, before the trial gets a green light, human rights and privacy assessment will also be carried out.
“There’s a huge amount of money from the Home Office for this technology and they’re getting themselves into legal trouble, breaching human rights and expanding state surveillance while no one is watching.”– Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, a civil liberties campaign group
“We are committed to empowering the police to use new technologies like facial recognition safely in a strict legal framework.”Home Office (As reported by LincolnshireLive and Daily Mail)
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The Times, The Next Web, Big Brother Watch, Daily Mail, LincolnshireLive