Police Facial Recognition System Challenged

A legal challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition technology by police has been launched by a civil liberties group.

Automatic Facial Recognition uses CCTV or surveillance cameras to record and compare facial characteristics with images on police databases.

Lawyers for Big Brother Watch argue the use of AFR breaches the rights of individuals under the Human Rights Act.

The Metropolitan Police says the technology will help keep London safe.

The system is being piloted in London, with three other forces - Humberside, South Wales, and Leicestershire - also trialling the technology.



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