Big Brother - acceptable, or a step too far?

  Gordon Freeman 12:30 13 Apr 2018

Interesting article [BBC] which contains a short video on facial recognition CCTV technology. In China, a man caught by facial recognition among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers.

Very clever tech; some might consider it total invasion of privacy & intolerable in our western society.

We already have CCTV everywhere here in the UK, but would this new tech be considered useful/acceptable in order to prevent such things like mainland UK attacks by known IS terrorists, violent crime, gang crime, etc., etc., or a step too far?


  Forum Editor 15:50 13 Apr 2018

Facial recognition systems are widely used in this country (and in many others).

It's used in the NHS, and in football grounds, by the Police, and in many other situations. The Metropolitan Police use it at public events - such as the Notting Hill carnival. It is used at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and at other big sporting venues.

The NHS was the first health service in the world to make use of facial recognition technology.

  Brumas 17:48 13 Apr 2018

If it can 'capture' the face of a known terrorist/murderer etc before he she or it can carry out any killing, and alert the police, the then I'm all for it!

  bumpkin 19:08 13 Apr 2018

The NHS was the first health service in the world to make use of facial recognition technology.

What do they need it for, just curious.

  morddwyd 20:35 13 Apr 2018

It's no different to the specialist photographic memory police ho are often deployed?

  HondaMan 20:58 13 Apr 2018

We cannot stop technological advances, especially in areas of crime. So, we have to accept it, or make Parliament introduce legislation to restrict its use, in which case we open the flood gates to criminals already in, and those who will join them from other countries having seen the UK as "a soft touch". We have no penal system worth its salt to hardened criminals, so our deterrents will not deter them.

You pays your money and makes your choice.

  Forum Editor 22:38 13 Apr 2018


"What do they need it for"

The NHS is working with several companies to introduce new technologies which will speed up the way that doctors get access to patient information when time is crucial.

One initiative - called 'GP at hand' was launched by a group of London NHS GPs. It uses cutting edge technology based around a smartphone app to offer patients access to the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence triage system. Patients who need to see a doctor can book an appointment for the same day at any one of several special clinics six days a week. The service has been heavily advertised on the London Underground.

The clinics are based at or near main line rail terminals, and the system is scheduled to expand to other parts of the country.

Face recognition technology is used to guarantee patient confidentiality.

  bumpkin 16:22 16 Apr 2018

FE, thanks for the explanation.

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