Legal: can I hide my face from police facial recognition camera?

You’ve probably seen the headline: “Police fine man for hiding his face from facial recognition camera”. Sounds bad right? An ordinary bloke in Romford gets fined £90 for just trying to protect his privacy from indiscriminate police surveillance. It’s a story seemingly designed to unite chemtrail huffing anti-vaxxers and comment-section-Dads in a rousing chorus of