UK cops stop people trying to hide their faces from surveillance camera, then FINE a man for protesting

Police stop people for covering their faces from facial recognition camera then fine man £90 after he protested

Metropolitan Police had said people declining to be scanned would ‘not necessarily be viewed as suspicious’

A man has been fined after refusing to be scanned by controversial facial recognition cameras being trialled by the Metropolitan Police.

The force had put out a statement saying “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious”. However, witnesses said several people were stopped after covering their faces or pulling up hoods.

Campaign group Big Brother Watch said one man had seen placards warning members of the public that automatic facial recognition cameras were filming them from a parked police van.

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