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Powerful CCTV cameras which can track faces from more than half a mile away 'could breach human rights laws'
Powerful CCTV cameras which can recognise and track faces from more than half a mile away could breach human rights laws, a top Government adviser has warned.
The UK's first surveillance commissioner, Andrew Rennison, has issued a stark warning to the Government by saying that advances in CCTV technology risk turning Britain into a Big Brother society.
He warned of a 'public backlash' unless proper steps were taken to regulate the proliferation of 16-megapixel HD cameras with the potential to pick out a face and then match it against a database of images of wanted people.
Watched: The new CCTV cameras could breach human right's laws due to their advanced technology
Futuristic: This graphic shows how the advanced CCTV technology works
Mr Rennison said the cameras are being rolled out up and down UK cities without members of the public being consulted.
‘The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it,’ he told the Independent.
‘I'm convinced that if we don't regulate it properly - ie the technological ability to use millions of images we capture - there will be a huge public backlash.