Tag: surveillance

Thousands Subjected To Police Facial Recognition At Weekend Festival

The 100K+ fans who attended this past week’s Donington Park-based Download Music Festival, where subject to a first-of-its-kind facial recognition technology by the Leicestershire Police according to UK police website Police Oracle. Though such technology has been utilised before, most recently in Boston, USA at the Boston Calling festival, it should be noted this was in the immediate aftermath of 2013’s bombing of that cities marathon, rendering police and authority figures extra cautious surrounding instances of mass gatherings. There may be dangers, but the bottom line remains that such technology requiring the expense of large sums of money to spy on largely innocent music fans is an act steeped ... Read more