A recent survey conducted by Privacy International (PI) has revealed a concerning lack of knowledge among members of parliament regarding the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) throughout the UK. The survey was conducted by YouGov in June 2023 and included a random sample of 114 MPs from all political parties and devolved nations. The results showed that 70% of MPs were unsure if FRT had been used in their constituency, while 24% incorrectly believed a UK law regulates its use. Furthermore, only 35% of MPs acknowledged the human rights concerns posed by the technology, which leaves 65% who are either unaware or wrong about the threat FRT poses to human rights. Overall, the survey results suggest the UK is lagging behind in its understanding of FRT and that the country is at risk of sleepwalking into mass deployment of the highly invasive technology.
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