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US NewsTop cop: UK risks 'Orwellian, omniscient police state'

09:50  03 september  2019
09:50  03 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was speaking in Australia.

Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick said new tactics such as live facial recognition must be used within ethical boundaries to avoid ' omniscient ' Facial recognition cameras and other technology risk turning Britain into a 'ghastly Orwellian ' police state , Britain's most senior police officer warned.

Top cop: UK risks 'Orwellian, omniscient police state' © PA Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was speaking in Australia The UK risks becoming a "ghastly, Orwellian, omniscient police state", according to London's top police officer.

Cressida Dick, Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, called on law enforcement to confront ethical dilemmas posed by data, robotics and artificial intelligence.

She told an audience at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, that data is vital, but only to help humans "to make better decisions".

In comments reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Ms Dick said: "We're now tiptoeing into a world of robotics, AI and machine learning... the next step might be predictive policing.

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We already have an Orwellian state where the @metpoliceuk ignore the law at their masters bidding. The head of @metpoliceuk, Cressida Dick, warns that the UK risks ' Orwellian , omniscient police state '.

Public outcry and departmental rejection(Chief of London's Police comments) was inevitable. Law enforcement departments have nothing to defend on and people need to see As stated earlier, this technology of facial verification is in development. Now, the particular use-case itself is also half baked.

Top cop: UK risks 'Orwellian, omniscient police state' © Getty A CCTV camera is seen in the King's Cross area of London.

"People are starting to get worried about that... particularly because of the potential for bias in the data or the algorithm, [like] live facial recognition software."

There are already more than 600,000 CCTV cameras in London, according to CCTV.co.uk, making the city one of the most closely watched in the world.

And in June, Ms Dick used a speech at the Police Foundation to call for better use of data and public consent to avoid charges of a "police state".

Ms Dick said that, while police have to adhere to strict laws regarding the retention, security and deletion of data, other new technologies such as robots and autonomous vehicles presented challenges yet to be looked at by our legal system.

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The beat Top cop says UK risks becoming ‘ Orwellian ’ police state The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police , Cressida Dick, has warned that the UK could become a ‘ghastly, Orwellian , omniscient police state ’ if law enforcement …

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She asked: "If a machine kills someone, who is going to be held to account?"

When Ms Dick began her policing career 36 years ago, she recalls criminal records, fingerprints, handwritten intelligence on index cards.

She said: "DNA as a tool hadn't been thought of...and if you wanted an image of a crime scene, you had to call a photographer."

Now police officers wear cameras, access databases in the UK and Europe and can even publish appeals on social media and have members of the public upload video footage of crime online.

But the advancing technology has not only helped policing - it helps criminals too.

Grooming and radicalising can happen more quickly someone wanting to commit a crime - a terrorist bombing, for example - can find the equipment more easily with the power of the internet.

"The time for a tiff to turn into an argument, a fight and a murder... You know things are going to happen faster," she said.

Another example she gave was the many thousands of people who gathered in London to protest against Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament, something she said could not have grown so quickly without social media.

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