Big Brother Watch response to the publication of the Biometric Commissioner’s Annual Review & Government Response

In response to the publication of the Biometric Commissioner’s Annual Review and subsequent Government Response, Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said:

“We welcome the Biometric Commissioner’s warnings and concerns about the ongoing creation and retention of facial biometrics and facial recognition technology by police forces across the country.

“It is of very serious concern that the Home Office appear to be so unwaveringly set on embedding facial biometric recognition technology into policing without debate, regulation, legislation or independent scrutiny.

“Rather than throwing millions of pounds  at the building of such intrusive capabilities, the Home Office should be investing in updating police IT systems to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of innocent people’s custody images and facial biometrics are deleted automatically as soon as they are released without charge, bringing them into line with DNA and fingerprints.”