Sep 13th 2017

Biometrics Commissioner’s Annual Report paints a far from pretty picture on the Government’s approach to facial biometrics

The Biometrics Commissioner has today published his third annual report on the Retention and Use of Biometric Material. Whilst not telling us anything we didn’t already know, the Commissioner has seen fit to publish, in black and white, exactly what the current state of play is with regards to the Home Office’s desire to see […]

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Sep 13th 2017

Smartphone facial recognition technology

On Tuesday evening, the world watched in awe as Apple’s great technological circus unveiled its latest offering – a new iPhone. These slick, theatrical launches for which Apple has become known included a new feature – FaceID, or facial recognition software – to allow a user to unlock their phone simply by looking at it. […]

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Aug 16th 2017

Big Brother Watch sign letter calling for the scrapping of facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

We are signatories to the following letter:   To the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, We are writing to express our concern regarding the Metropolitan Police’s plans to use mobile facial recognition at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. We are calling on you to scrap plans to use automated facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival […]

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Aug 7th 2017

Data Protection Bill: The wheels set in motion for GDPR implementation

This morning the UK Government announced further details of their plans to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. Initially proposed in the Queen’s Speech, today’s ‘statement of intent’ which committed to introducing a new Data Protection Bill outlined some additional details on the right to erasure and the citizens’ general […]

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