UK man to launch legal challenge on police face recognition
03 July 2018 17:26 GMT

A British man plans to start the first legal challenge to a UK police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology.

In what will be a critical nationwide test of the state’s power to deploy radical biometric surveillance methods, Ed Bridges – represented by human rights organisation Liberty – had threatened legal action against South Wales Police if it did not immediately end its use of AFR technology in public spaces.

Chief Constable Matt Jukes has now confirmed the force will not seek to prevent the case from taking place – paving the way for High Court to review South Wales Police’s ongoing deployment of the intrusive technology. The Chief Constable has said that South Wales Police welcomes the scrutiny of the Court on the issue.

Surveillance cameras equipped with AFR software scan the faces of passers-by, making unique biometric maps of their faces. These maps are then compared to and matched with other facial images on bespoke, often error-ridden police databases.

South Wales Police has used facial recognition in public spaces on at least 22 occasions since May 2017. Ed believes his face was scanned by South Wales Police at both a peaceful anti-arms protest and while doing his Christmas shopping.

He will seek to challenge the use of AFR technology in court because it violates the privacy rights of everyone within range of the cameras, has a chilling effect on peaceful protest, discriminates against women and BAME people, and breaches data protection laws.



Read more: https://wales247.co.uk/cardiff-man-gets-go-ahead-to-bring-first-uk-legal-challenge-facial-recognition-tech/#ixzz5KD39vu6P

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