27 Jul Civil Liberties Group Challenge Police Use of Facial Recognition
A civil liberties group issued this week a legal challenge against the UK Metropolitan Police’s use of Automatic Facial Recognition which is currently being piloted in London, with three other forces – Humberside, South Wales, and Leicestershire.
The AFR uses CCTV or surveillance cameras to record and compare facial characteristics with images on police databases. However, the Big Brother Watch group argues that this is illegal under the Human Rights Act.
A watchdog has already called the use of AFR in public “very intrusive”, while court documents showed that the Home Office failed in its duty to properly regulate the technology’s use.