Police get facial recognition go ahead in world-first case

Facial recognition can be legally used by police forces in the UK, judges have ruled. As the world’s first case against the controversial technology concluded, two leading judges dismissed the case brought by human rights campaign group Liberty on behalf Read More …

UK watchdog to investigate King’s Cross facial recognition tech used to spy on public

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology at King’s Cross following media reports of the covert practice. On Thursday, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the use of cameras to Read More …

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The Brazilian city of São Paulo will see facial recognition technology applied to the surveillance systems of its subway network. The company operating the majority of the city’s subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a Read More …

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 Read More …

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on the technology, which has been trialled by forces in different parts of the Read More …

New Zealand Customs to use face-to-face checks for eGate inconsistencies

New Zealand’s customs officers will always conduct face-to-face checks whenever its eGates reject a passenger, Minister of Customs Kris Faafoi announced on Thursday. The decision comes after a review of the nation’s eGate processes, which found the decision review tool (DRT) used Read More …

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers’ voices to biometric database

HMRC’s database of Brits’ voiceprints has grown by 2 million since June – but campaign group Big Brother Watch has claimed success as 160,000 people turned the taxman’s requests down. The Voice ID scheme, which requires taxpayers to say a Read More …

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

Tech advances are accelerating the use of facial recognition as a reliable and ubiquitous mass surveillance tool, privacy advocates warn. Somewhat quietly over the past couple of years there has been a flurry of breakthroughs in biometric technology, led by Read More …