Privacy campaigners have warned of an “epidemic” of facial recognition use in shopping centres, museums, conference centres and other private spaces around the UK.
An investigation by Big Brother Watch (BBW), which tracks the use of surveillance, has found that private companies are spearheading a rollout of the controversial technology.
The group published its findings a day after the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, announced she was opening an investigation into the use of facial recognition in a major new shopping development in central London.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has already raised questions about the legality of the use of facial recognition at the 27-hectare (67-acre) Granary Square site in King’s Cross after its owners admitted using the technology “in the interests of public safety”.
BBW said it had uncovered that sites across the country were using facial recognition, often without warning visitors.
Secret police trials had taken place last year in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping…