Police warned about using facial recognition to find potential witnesses

05/04/2022 | Sky News

Biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner, Fraser Sampson, has responded to the updated live facial recognition technology guidance from the College of Policing, which propose victims and witnesses could be added to police watchlists, calling them a "somewhat sinister development". Mr Samspon believes the guidance will have profound repercussions for our constitutional freedoms and questions whether "the status of the UK citizen shifting from our jealously guarded presumption of innocence to that of 'suspected until we have proved our identity to the satisfaction of the examining officer'?"

In related news, Nation Cymru reports that a Home Office minister has rejected calls by Lords for South Wales and Met Police to slow down their use of face recognition technology before stricter rules are put in place.

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