UK Surveillance State — BM Studios

During 2019 and 2020 we closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. We witnessed at least 5 or 6 live facial recognition deployments by the Metropolitan police (London) and South Wales police (Cardiff).

The first thing we noticed in these deployments is how the UK police forces target certain people—especially racial minorities. Which is extremely worrying. But after you deeply analyze their modus operandi, the threat of their surveillance goes much further than the already grave threat of racial profiling: it is the beginning of a state of surveillance and a roll-back on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In this short film we show you the behind the scenes of what the police do during live facial recognition operational deployments. And we give you a sneak a peak of where the UK is heading with its surveillance state.