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Facial recognition to be used in British supermarkets for the first time

Facial recognition to be used in British supermarkets for the first time

Facial recognition will soon be used in British shops for the first time to judge how old customers are at self-checkout machines when they buy age restricted items, it is understood following a deal with the company that makes the tills for Tesco and Asda.

NCR, who make the software and hardware for self check machines for the majority of the UK’s supermarkets, will integrate a camera that will estimate the age of shoppers when they are buying alcohol and cigarettes.

It will mean a member of staff will not have to intervene to approve a purchase, but instead the machine will scan a person’s face and either accept or deny the sale of the item, without needing to see any official identification from the customer.

The system does not require shoppers to register their identity in advance and does not retain any visual information about users after they have made a purchase.

It follows an announcement made by NCR today that it will introduce the facial recognition software, which was developed by London-based technology company Yoti, in its “FastLane” tills in the next few months.

These tills are currently used by many UK retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Boots, and WHSmith.

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GCHQ could ‘grab’ UK shopping data from loyalty cards

GCHQ could ‘grab’ UK shopping data from loyalty cards

Proposed new surveillance laws are so broad they could allow spies to monitor people’s banking and shopping habits, MPs and peers have been told.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill includes plans to store the online activity of everyone in the UK.

But a lesser-known clause would let the security services download personal details from “bulk” databases.

Internet privacy campaigner Jim Killock claimed it could even include things like the Tesco Clubcard scheme.

It was revealed earlier this year that GCHQ is downloading large amounts of personal data, known as “bulk personal datasets”, under old pieces of legislation.

The Home Office wants to put the practice on a firmer legal footing and has promised tougher safeguards – including six month warrants issued by the home secretary – and judicial oversight.

But Open Rights Group director Jim Killock, giving evidence to the Parliamentary committee examining the draft bill, said it appeared to suggest mass surveillance.

“What is a bulk data set? Which have been accessed and grabbed by GCHQ so far? Who might that apply to?

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