Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary
Via The BBC
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras.
The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met.
Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject of a legal challenge.
But Mr Javid said it was important that police made use of the latest tools to help them solve crimes.
Police facial recognition cameras have been trialled at events such as football matches, festivals and parades.
High-definition cameras detect faces and compare them with existing police photographs, such as mugshots from previous arrests.
But the technology has been criticised for being too inaccurate, particularly when identifying black and ethnic minority people.
Civil rights campaigners have also criticised the fact there is no specific regulation governing how police use the software or manage the data gathered.
Speaking at the launch of new computer technology aimed at helping police fight against online child abuse, Mr Javid said it was right for forces to "be on top of the latest technology".
"I back the police in looking at technology and trialling it and... different types of facial recognition technology is being trialled especially by the Met at the moment and I think it's right they look at that," he said.
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