London's Met Police use facial recognition to scan coronation crowds


London's Metropolitan Police announced it would use facial recognition to scan the crowds attending the May 2023 coronation of King Charles III. The hundreds of thousands of people expected to line the streets was an entirely new scale of use for the technology in Britain. Critics such as Liberty and Big Brother Watch opposed the usage, fearing the police would use it to chill protest, already under threat from recent UK legislation granting police new powers.

Publication: The Guardian

Writer: Vikram Dodd

Publication date: 2023-05-03

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