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Europe Data Protection Digest | UK surveillance camera commissioner warns of big data, surveillance merging Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 16 April 2021



While revealing a new three-year plan, the U.K.'s Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter discussed the invasion of the public's privacy as big data and surveillance efforts continue to grow if consent is not considered, the Guardian reports. Porter cited the use of drones, CCTV, and body cameras, combined with facial recognition technology to create an invasive surveillance system. Porter's strategy states the public supports CCTV use, but questions whether the support will continue as technology changes. “The nightmare scenario is that there is a lack of understanding about how big and effective this can be," said Porter. "This technology is there to protect us, but there needs to be informed consent about what it is capable of doing. Body-worn video, for example, or facial recognition — that can identify people on databases who didn’t know they were on databases.” In other news, a new facial recognition app allows users to take pictures of strangers, then find them on Facebook.
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