Politicians and privacy groups in the U.K. have joined a letter penned by privacy advocate group Big Brother Watch that calls for an end to live facial-recognition surveillance by police and private companies, BBC News reports. In all, 18 politicians and 25 organizations signed the letter, which states that facial recognition is being applied to the U.K. without proper examination and consultation by government officials. "What we're doing is putting this to government to say: 'Please can we open this debate and have this conversation. But for goodness sake, while it is going on, there is now a surveillance crisis on our hands that needs to be stopped urgently,'" Big Brother Watch Director Silkie Carlo said.
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