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Discussion continues on use of facial recognition technology

05 September 2019

Investigation into the use of facial recognition technology by London's King's Cross estate is leading to further discussion on the implications of using the technology in public spaces.

While a separate inquiry on the use of the technology in Cardiff by South Wales Police showed its actions to be lawful, the discussion has sparked further debate in London.

Earlier this week the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) confirmed it had supplied images used in facial recognition scans by King's Cross developer Argent, after it had previously denied being involved.

However, it also stated that no images had been shared for facial recognition purposes since March 2018 and this had been provided at a local level over a limited period, which was previously not known about by the central police imagery team.

All MPS chief superintendents have now been informed that no local agreements or local use of live facial recognition should be allowed, according to BBC News.

It has additionally emerged that two facial recognition cameras had operated in the King's Cross area up to March 2018, but had not been used since.

Efforts to introduce a replacement system had also been stopped and the results of the investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office continue to be awaited.

The use of facial recognition technology should be used according to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

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