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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Jul 19th 2017

Still no biometric strategy, but launch of a competition to find Robocop instead.

A couple of days ago the Security Minister Ben Wallace announced the launch of a competition open to the “country’s brightest talents” to help the Government “reduce the threat from terrorist attacks using weapons or explosives.” What can this mean?  Are the Government so lost for solutions that they need to create a competition to […]

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