UK police deploy facial recognition at music festival
10 June 2015 16:22 GMT

British police have decided to deploy a facial recognition system for security at a music festival following a successful trial of the technology.

Cameras will scan faces at the Download festival in Donnington with the images checked against a Europe-wide database of custody images.

DC Walker told the Police Oracle that this is the first time the technology has been used outside of a controlled environment.

In March, an oversight committee said it was “alarmed” that the British police had begun uploading custody photographs of people to a Police National Database and using facial recognition software on the images without any regulatory oversight.