Thermal screening has serious accuracy problems. And there is no evidence that processing this sensitive health data is making anyone safer.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a gateway to even more unjustified surveillance of our movements and our health.
Schools, workplaces and hospitality businesses have been investing in thermal screening technology to prove that they’re ‘safe’ to open. But infrared scanners do not accurately measure core body temperature, unlike thermometers, and the MHRA has warned against their use.
One UK study found that temperature screening was just 0.78% effective at detecting coronavirus, and the medical regulator has made it clear: thermal screening doesn’t work and shouldn’t be used.