Cllr Andrew Hollyer, the Liberal Democrat candidate for York Outer at the next General Election, has criticized Keane Duncan’s proposal as a violation of residents’ human rights. The hi-tech scheme entails the deployment of cameras across York, Harrogate, and Scarborough to capture the unique facial features of people within their range. Despite the Court of Appeal’s ruling that such cameras are unlawful and violate the European Convention of Human Rights, Conservative Ministers have pushed for their further expansion. In October 2023, MPs and peers from various parties, as well as organizations like Big Brother Watch, Liberty, Amnesty International, and the Race Equality Foundation, called for an immediate halt to live facial recognition surveillance by police and private companies. Cllr Hollyer also referred to research by Big Brother Watch, which found that over 89% of UK police facial recognition alerts have wrongly identified members of the public as people of interest. He emphasized that the proposal for an expansion of surveillance across the country should be stopped, and instead, resources should be invested in frontline policing.
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