ICO statement in response to an announcement made by the Metropolitan Police Service on the use of live facial recognition

The ICO has released a statement about the Metropolitan Police Service on the use of live facial recognition: In October 2019 we concluded our investigation into how police use live facial recognition technology (LFR) in public places. Our investigation found there was public support for police use of LFR but also that there needed to be improvements in how police authorised and deployed the technology if it was to retain public confidence and address privacy concerns. We set out our views in a formal Opinion for police forces. The Metropolitan…

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‘Don’t roll out Facial Recognition by the backdoor’ warns CIPR #AIinPR Panel

The CIPR’s Artificial Intelligence Panel (#AIinPR) has warned businesses to be transparent about the application of emerging technology, after it was revealed that facial recognition technology has been used at London’s Kings Cross without public knowledge. The developer responsible for implementing the technology said the tool was used to “ensure public safety”, but the organisation has faced criticism for failing to communicate the use of facial recognition technology to the public. #AIinPR Vice-Chair Kerry Sheehan Chart.PR, FCIPR urged businesses to be transparent about the use of emerging technology, arguing that…

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Ethics Panel delivers recommendations for use of facial recognition

An independent panel that advises London’s City Hall on the ethics of policing has issued a series of recommendations in a report examining the Metropolitan Police’s use of facial recognition technology. The Met has been trialling live facial recognition technology to understand how effective it will be in supporting police operations. The technology automatically checks people passing a camera in a public place that are checked against images on a ‘watch-list’ specially selected on police databases. It is one example of how the Met is using emerging digital technologies, and…

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Ethics Panel in London to consider use of facial recognition technologies

An independent panel that advises City Hall on the ethics of policing in the capital is to examine the use by the Metropolitan Police of facial recognition technology, and how they prioritise in the face of Government cuts to their budgets. Today the Mayor of London announced that a new Chair of the London Policing Ethics Panel, the ethical policy expert Dr Suzanne Shale, will review the Metropolitan Police’s use of facial-recognition technology as part of a wider look at digital policing. Facial recognition technology has been previously used at…

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Thousands show their face for Amnesty’s I’M HERE campaign.

Amnesty Switzerland spins the current tech trend for facial recognition into a call to action in their latest campaign to free an innocent journalist. A new film on social media and TV featuring dozens of diverse people seeks to play along with the amazing things that your face can now do —  such as unlock your phone or find your perfect partner. However, viewers are soon in for a surprise when the film changes tac and states that your face can even help free an innocent man. The man in…

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