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Facial recognition tech is creeping into our lives – I’m going to court to stop it

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A few days before Christmas 2017, I stepped out of my office on to Cardiff high street to grab some lunch. Among the crowd of flustered last-minute shoppers, I was captured.

Without my consent or knowledge, the police had scanned my facial features, creating a “biometric” map of my face – as unique to me as my fingerprint or DNA.

I was not suspected of a crime and was not on any criminal “watchlist” – I was just one of thousands of people who happened to be walking in the view of the police’s facial recognition cameras that day.

A few months later, I saw the cameras again at a peaceful protest against the Cardiff Arms Fair. Along with hundreds of other protesters, I was being monitored by a technology more invasive and chilling than any surveillance tool I had seen on Britain’s streets before.

After what might be as many as 50 deployments across South Wales, I must be one of hundreds of thousands of people who have had their faces scanned while innocently going about their daily lives. The “trial” is open ended, with no publicly........

© The Guardian