Police defend use of face scanner technology at Download following Muse criticism

Leicestershire Police have addressed recent criticism over face recognition scanners used at this year’s Download Festival.

The police force scanned the faces of 90,000 attendees at the Castle Donnington festival in June in a trial of new counter-crime procedures.

It was the first time the software has been used at an outdoor event in the UK, with police stating that images were compared to a database of criminals who target music festivals across Europe.

During his band’s headline performance at the festival, Muse‘s Matt Bellamy criticised the police’s actions during their rendition of the song ‘Uprising’.

Bellamy told the crowd: “Fuck the Leicestershire police for scanning your faces without you knowing”.

Read more: http://www.nme.com/news/muse/87736

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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