Home Office lobbied for facial recognition in shops to tackle theft, report

Privacy campaigners demand answers from the Home Office regarding apparent attempts to influence the ICO

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Home Office lobbied for facial recognition in shops to tackle shoplifting, report
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Home Office lobbied for facial recognition in shops to tackle shoplifting, report

Recently published documents have revealed the UK government has been actively pressurising the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to endorse the rollout of facial recognition technology in high street shops and supermarkets to tackle 'retail crime'.

As reported by The Guardian, the secret strategy was agreed on 8th March during a confidential meeting between policing minister Chris Philp, senior Home Office officials, and representatives from ...

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