ICO neuters UK police use of facial recognition technology

Live facial recognition (LFR) deployments by police forces across the UK have been dealt a blow after the UK data regulator confirmed its use falls under the umbrella of data protection.

In the midst of ongoing rows between law enforcement agencies and digital rights campaigners, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)has clarified LFR “is a potential threat to privacy” and a “high priority area”.

The data regulator has advised police forces using facial recognition to carry out a full data protection impact assessment (DPIA), which must then be subsequently updated for each deployment. This is due to the sensitive nature of the processing, the volume of people affected, and the intrusion that can arise.

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Source: ITPro