Apr 19th 2018

Misleading, incompetent and authoritarian: the Home Office’s defence of facial recognition

Today, the Home Office finally buckled under the pressure of our Face Off campaign against lawless facial recognition and the government’s hoarding of 19 million photos of citizens. Unfortunately, it didn’t resolve to make meaningful change – but, instead, in a letter to Norman Lamb MP, issued misleading spin to veil an incompetent mess of […]

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Dec 13th 2017

Government reveal police powers “policy” on facial recognition, in letter to Science and Technology Committee

The Science and Technology Committee have today published a letter sent to them from Baroness Williams on behalf of the Government. Thanks to the publication we have learned that the Government have given the police operational powers to use facial biometrics and facial recognition systems as a policy decision. In the letter Baroness Williams states […]

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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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