Face recognition used in UK riots

London - Facial recognition technology being considered for London's 2012 Games is getting a workout in the wake of Britain's riots, with officers feeding photographs of suspects through Scotland Yard's newly updated face-matching programme.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that facial recognition is one of many tools police are using to hunt suspects still at large. Other techniques include posting head shots to photo-sharing site Flickr and old-fashioned public appeals.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak about an ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard confirmed on Thursday that facial recognition technology was at his force's disposal.

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