Police in Wales is ready. The June 3 will be played at the Champions League final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, which will feature two of the four teams currently engaged in the semifinals: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Monaco. More than the sporting side, what matters is the introduction of a special technology at the entrance of the stadium, which will allow the police to monitor and manage carefully the participants. We are talking about the scanning of the face that the police perform for every fan about to sit in reserved seats, so as to cross the data obtained with the more than 500 thousand in the database that collects biometric information of the people to keep more of an eye for several reasons.
Privacy at risk
It is a controversial technology, already known in the public domain but for the first time is used for a soccer event of this magnitude. The risk of an invasion of privacy is obvious, especially if you think that in a few hours the police will be able to associate thousands of names and surnames with faces in high definition, to expand a clean record store that would have no reason to exist. Moreover, even before arriving at the stadium, the police will scan the face of anyone who steps to the Cardiff train station, as an additional security measure. However, the police in South Wales , specific division of the Cardiff area will have to abide by the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice , published in 2013 by the British Government, which explains the procedures to be followed during monitoring to images, including that by scanning the face live on.