Big Brother watch: Co-op facial recognition supermarkets revealed

6 February 2021
Simulation of a screen of cctv cameras with facial recognition
  • Co-op supermarkets concentrate live facial recognition in 18 Portsmouth stores
  • Thousands of customers vow to boycott the chain
  • Privacy campaigners warn of “major legal concerns”

Eighteen Co-op supermarkets across Portsmouth are using live facial recognition to monitor customers.

The Southern Co-operative provoked outrage from rights campaigners in December when it admitted to using the technology in a number of stores.

Civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch has since discovered that the company’s use of face surveillance is exclusively targeted in 18 stores across Portsmouth….

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