Responding to the Metropolitan Police’s announcement today that it will begin to use automated facial recognition surveillance operationally, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London Siobhan Benita said:
"It is unacceptable for a new form of mass surveillance like this to be rolled out onto London’s streets without proper consultation, regulation or oversight.
"Facial recognition technology is hopelessly inaccurate. It is biased against women and ethnic minorities. The evidence that it will make us safer is patchy at best, but there is a real risk that it will erode civil liberties and increase distrust and discrimination.
"To make London safer we must restore effective community policing, starting with the re-opening of local police stations, which the current Mayor has shut down.
"Liberal Democrats do not want London to become a city where innocent people feel as though their every movement is being watched. The fact that Sadiq Khan has given the go-ahead for this undermines his recent claim to share our liberal values.
"If Londoners want a liberal mayor with a positive vision for a safer, greener, kinder capital, their best option is me."