My concern over this sort of thing is how many people are going to get abuse for taking pictures (press or other citizens) during any public disorder and possibly endangered for doing so. We now live in a world almost dominated by photography and the last thing we need is a paranoid public.
The police already have CCTV in London, they have their own evidence gatherers and intelligence teams who are paid to do this sort of thing, so why do they need us? To create the Big Brother Society is my guess.
"The Metropolitan Police is hoping to use crowd-sourcing to identify people suspected of committing crimes in last year's riots in London.
Officers are to upload up to 2,800 CCTV images taken during the disorder in August on to its smartphone app.
The free Facewatch ID app then allows users to sort the photographs by postcode.
The app then allows users to inform on people they see on it by sending a name and address to the officers."
App used to trace riot suspects
Police are hoping to use crowd-sourcing via a smartphone app to identify people suspected of committing crimes in last year's riots in London.
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