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Rights Group Calls for End to Police Facial Recognition

Rights Group Calls for End to Police Facial Recognition

The BBW called on the United Kingdom authorities to stop using the automated and highly inaccurate facial recognition systems until there are proper regulations and oversight in place.

In London, the Metropolitan Police said there had been 102 false positives, where someone was incorrectly matched to a photo, and only two that were correct.

The Home Office has previously faced a barrage of criticism for failing to explain why it has failed to provide a framework for the use of biometric data such as facial recognition imagery in policing, more than four years after it was due to be published.

Computers still aren't very good at recognising faces, according to research, which says that police use of facial recognition software is a massive waste of money and effort, and routinely results in randoms being plucked out of photographic databases.

The Metropolitan Police used facial recognition at London's Notting Hill Carnival in both 2016 and 2017, and also at a Remembrance Sunday event.

That the police think these embarrassing inaccuracy rates are acceptable - claiming that "no facial recognition system is 100% accurate" - is even more worrying, as South Wales Police has already planned future deployments and Metropolitan Police is in fact growing its use of facial recognition throughout 2018.




"For the use of FRT to be legal, the police forces must have clear evidence to demonstrate that the use of FRT in public spaces is effective in resolving the problem that it aims to address, and that no less intrusive technology or methods are available to address that problem", she said.

But for now the Big Brother Watch report says the benefits are missing, because the technology does not work.

Denham welcomed plans to establish an oversight panel for facial recognition technology, which she will sit on along with the biometrics commissioner Alastair MacGregor QC and the surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter, and also the appointment of a National Police Chiefs Council lead for the governance of the use of the tech in public spaces.

On 31 occasions police followed up the system saying it had spotted people of concern, only to find they had in fact stopped innocent people and the identifications were false.

"Despite this, South Wales Police has used automated facial recognition at 18 public places in the past 11 months - including at a peaceful demonstration outside an arms fair", explains the report.

Silkie Carlo, the director of Big Brother Watch, said: "Real-time facial recognition is a dangerously authoritarian surveillance tool that could fundamentally change policing in the UK". Despite a court ruling in 2012 that the retention of innocent people's images was "unlawful", the Home Office has refused to delete them, claiming it's "too expensive". Thirty-one innocent people were wrongly identified and were asked to prove their identity and innocence. Innocent citizens being constantly tracked, located and identified - or, as is now most likely, misidentified as a criminal - by an artificially intelligent camera system conjures up images of futuristic dystopian societies that even Orwell would be proud of.


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