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Fury over 'Orwellian' CCTV plan for London as police want privately-owned networks to create 'quantum leap' in surveillance Sophisticated cameras would scan hundreds of thousands of people’s faces  City of London Police are proposing to use privately owned CCTV networks Technology identifies faces in a crowd and checks them against databases of mugshots

By Jake Ryan For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:43 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 01:43 BST, 25 August 2019

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A police force has drawn up plans to scan hundreds of thousands of people’s faces every day with one of the world’s most sophisticated networks of facial recognition cameras.

A report seen by The Mail on Sunday reveals how City of London Police are proposing to have ‘wide-scale integration’ with privately owned CCTV networks to create a ‘quantum leap’ in surveillance.

The technology identifies faces in a crowd and checks them, without people’s consent, against huge databases containing millions of mugshots of troublemakers or criminals.

City of London Police are proposing to have ‘wide-scale integration’ with privately owned CCTV networks, a report seen by The Mail on Sunday reveals (stock image)

City of London Police are proposing to have ‘wide-scale integration’ with privately owned CCTV networks, a report seen by The Mail on Sunday reveals (stock image)

The plan to link public and private facial recognition camera networks will create a ‘ring of steel’ around the City, but it has been criticised by campaigners and comes as the European Commission considers imposing strict limits on the use of the technology.

Its use is governed by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, law, which came into effect in 2018, and bans the collection of sensitive ‘biometric’ data without

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