May 22nd 2018

Big Brother Watch’s statement on the Met Police’s stop on using facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

“We are delighted that the Met has seen common sense and will not be targeting Notting Hill Carnival with facial recognition again this year. “However, we are troubled by the force’s plans to dramatically increase use of facial recognition over the next six months. Public outcry, shocking inaccuracy statistics, and the absence of appropriate legal […]

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May 15th 2018

“Dangerous and inaccurate” police facial recognition exposed in new Big Brother Watch report

Big Brother Watch’s report, released today, reveals: South Wales Police store photos of all innocent people incorrectly matched by facial recognition for a year, without their knowledge, resulting in a biometric database of over 2,400 innocent people Home Office spent £2.6m funding South Wales Police’s use of the technology, although it is “almost entirely inaccurate” […]

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Apr 6th 2018

Police use Experian Marketing Data for AI Custody Decisions

POLICE USE EXPERIAN MARKETING DATA FOR AI CUSTODY DECISIONS Durham Police has paid global data broker Experian for UK postcode stereotypes built on 850 million pieces of information to feed into an artificial intelligence (AI) tool used in custody decisions, a Big Brother Watch investigation has revealed. Durham Police is feeding Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ data, which […]

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Feb 12th 2018

Big Brother Watch’s comment on the use of digital evidence in sexual offence prosecutions

Big Brother Watch’s Legal and Policy Officer, Griff Ferris, said: “Big Brother Watch welcomes the NPCC’s intervention and we share concerns that victims of sexual assault could be deterred from coming forward if irrelevant details about their personal life risk being aired in court. The collection of digital material should be restricted to the relevant […]

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