Convicted migrants forced to scan faces using smartwatch 5 times a day

05/08/2022 | The Guardian

Plans by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will require migrants convicted of a criminal offence to scan their faces up to 5 times every day using a smartwatch equipped with facial recognition software. The programme is expected to be implemented in the Autumn as part of the Home Office Satellite Tracking Service. Privacy International obtained a Home Office data protection impact assessment (DPIA) from August 2021 through a freedom of information (FOI) request. The DPIA assessed the impact of ankle tag or smartwatch technology, in which Immigration asylum seekers will be required to complete periodic monitoring checks. Personal information collected will include names, date of birth, nationality and photographs, which will be stored for up to six years, along with 24/7 location monitoring. 

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