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Face scan tech deployed by London police amid privacy concerns.
Facial recognition cameras installed by London police are now functional. They will automatically scan for wanted people. The technology adopted by the authorities has raised concerns about the increased surveillance and erosion of privacy. According to the reports, the cameras that have been installed on a blue police van monitor people coming out of a shopping centre in Stratford, east London. The signs places there warned the people that police is using the technology to find people wanted for serious crimes.
The officers standing next to the van are there to provide all the information to the passersby about the technology. This is the first time London’s Metropolitan Police Service has installed such live facial recognition cameras. They carried out a trial last year. Some people have raised concerns that it is a breach of the privacy of people, and there is a lack of accuracy in the technology as well. However, some of the passersby said that they don’t have any problem as they are law-abiding citizens.
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London’s Woolwich Crown Court’s jurors have found him guilty of preparing terrorist acts and other terrorism charges. The prosecutors said in their statement in the court that Chowdhury was planning a van, gun, or knife attack on targets including Madame Tussauds wax museum, open-top sightseeing bus, and London’s gay pride parade. Duncan Atkinson, who is the prosecutor, added in his statement during the trial that he desired to unleash death and suffering on non-Muslims.
Indian cab-hailing company Ola started operations in London.
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Cockapoo café with Valentine's Day theme coming to London.
So which one is cuter? Pugs, dachshunds or Chihuahuas? Which people have different opinions, one fact is clear that cockapoo is an all-time favourite for everyone. They are fluffy and amiable creatures. For all the dog lovers of London, the announcement came like a gift for Valentine's Day. The Allegory in Shoreditch is going to transform into a haven for dog lovers and owners as it is going to be Valentine's Day theme for two days.
The café is going to offer brunch and lunch with cocktails, sprites, cake and coffee, all love-themed. For the furry friends, there will Pawsecco and Champaws on tap, Pupcakes, and Doggy Dognut Wall. Also, every dog will get free pupuccino. If you don't have a dog, you can still visit the café during these days and enjoy some time with furry friends. However, your ticket will be a little expensive in that case.
A woman discovers about a long lost relative who was executed at the Tower of London
A woman was reading an article in which she came to know about the last man executed at the Tower of London Josef Jakobs. She recognized the surname as her own. When she got in touch with the publisher about the research, she asked if the author can help in finding more about the man. 24-year-old Jordan, who is currently living in the United States, said that she heard stories about her great uncle who was a spy for the Nazis. Nobody ever knew where those stories came from, but they were from her father’s side.
When she Googled about the man, she found the story of Joseph Jakobs. His features were strikingly similar to the men of her father’s side. The author sent her a link to the articles that they used for the research written by a woman named Giselle Jakobs, who was Josef’s granddaughter. The two finally talked about the long lost relative and might be meeting soon.
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State leaders looking to speed up death penalty appeals for convicted cop killers.
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