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Cops Fine Man Protesting Facial Recognition Scan

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A UK man was fined £90 ($117) after he refused to be scanned by facial recognition camera by obscuring his face, according to The Independent.

A UK man was fined £90 ($117) after he refused to be scanned by facial recognition camera by obscuring his face, according to The Independent

"He simply pulled up the top of his jumper over the bottom of his face, put his head down and walked past," said Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, who added that at least one man had seen placards warning the public of the facial recognition cameras being used from a parked police van. 

"There was nothing suspicious about him at all … you have the right to avoid [the cameras], you have the right to cover your face. I think he was exercising his rights," said Carlo. 

Ms Carlo, who was monitoring Thursday's trial in Romford, London, told The Independent she saw a plainclothed police officer follow the man before a group of officers "pulled him over to one side".

She said they demanded to see the man's identification, which he gave them, and became "accusatory and aggressive".

"The guy told them to p*** off and then they gave him the £90 public order fine for swearing," Ms Carlo added. "He was really angry." -Independent

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