Black and minority ethnic people could be wrongly identified and face questioning as a result of the police’s use of untested live facial recognition technology. Police failed to test the technology at any point during the last three years it has been using it.
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said:
“The police’s failure to do basic accuracy testing for race speaks volumes. Their wilful blindness to the risk of racism, and the risk to Brits’ rights as a whole, reflects the dangerously irresponsible way in which facial recognition has crept on to our streets. It must be dropped immediately.”