Recently, the Senedd cross-party group (CPG) on digital rights and democracy held a meeting to discuss facial recognition technology. Open Rights Group acted as secretariat for the meeting, which had over 20 attendees tuning in. The meeting was a follow-up to a previous group session held in February, where the landmark ruling that found the use of facial recognition by South Wales Police breached the right to privacy under the European Convention of Human Rights was discussed. Despite this ruling, South Wales Police has resumed the use of the technology, and Chief Inspector Scott Lloyd from the force addressed the CPG to explain why. Joining him were Lee Jones – Chief Executive, Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales – and Madeleine Stone – Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch. The meeting was chaired by Sarah Murphy MS.
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