Oct 31st 2017

Home Office not listening to Ethics Group on Custody Images and Facial Biometrics

Yesterday the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database Ethics Group* (NDNAD) published their annual report. The report was brief and to the point.  It updated the public on the Government’s use of biometric data, namely fingerprints, DNA and now facial biometrics, and outlined where the Government are at with addressing the recommendations the NDNAD […]

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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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