You are beingwatched
If you were walking around London’s West End last Christmas, chances are you were, unknowingly, part of a Metropolitan Police trial of its facial recognition software.
But even if you weren’t, it’s nearly impossible to leave your house without being recorded by a CCTV camera. A study published in the pages of CCTV Image Magazine estimated the number of private and publicly operated cameras in the United Kingdom to be around 1.85 million in 2011.
This amounts to about one camera for every 32 people. It also means that each person is seen, on average, by 70 cameras a day. The numbers have undoubtedly grown since 2011 as more businesses and local governments installed security cameras.