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Kings Cross Facial Recognition Cameras Thankfully Shut Down

The private firm that developed and managed the 67-acre King’s Cross area, has confirmed that it is no longer using facial recognition cameras, we are glad to say.

It comes after it was revealed last month that King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) was using facial recognition cameras for unknown purposes.

The discovery prompted questions from London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, as well as an investigation by the UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), after it said it was “deeply concerned” about the use of the technology.

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After weeks of silence, KCCLP has now issued a statement on the matter.

“There has been considerable media interest recently regarding the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) at the King’s Cross Estate, located next to St Pancras International and King’s Cross stations,” it stated.

It said it was co-operating with the ICO investigation, and will not comment whilst the probe is ongoing, except to clear up a few matters for the public record.

It confirmed that the King’s Cross Estate does not currently use FRT. It said there was two FRT cameras, covering a single location at King’s Boulevard, that was operational between May 2016 and March 2018.

It said that during that period, all FRT data was “regularly deleted, with the final deletion taking place in March 2018.”

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It said that the King’s Cross Estate team has since undertaken work on the potential introduction of new FRT, but this work has stopped.

“There has been no operational FRT system at the King’s Cross Estate since March 2018,” it insisted, and said the tech was never used for marketing or other commercial purposes.

“The system was used only to help the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood and ultimately to help ensure public safety,” it stated. “In the meantime, KCCLP has no plans to reintroduce any form of FRT at the King’s Cross Estate.”

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