It had recently come to light that closed-circuit cameras in the King’s Cross area were being used in conjunction with facial recognition software for surveillance and security. Argent, the company responsible for the deployment, states that it was done in the interest of public safety. However, individual privacy activists are claiming that the cameras constitute a breach of personal privacy and should be removed from operation as soon as possible.
The facial recognition software used together with the mounted cameras utilizes a database of wanted personnel that received images are cross-checked against. The cameras may run afoul of the GDPR legislation for the collection and storage of individual data. Since the facial data that the cameras collect fall under the blanket umbrella of information that is inherently personal, the cameras may already be in contravention of the laws of the country.