Professor Sampson joins facial recognition company Facewatch

11/12/2023 | The Guardian

Critics have called the hiring of former biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner Professor Fraser Sampson by Facewatch as a non-executive director an "outrageous conflict of interest."

According to Companies House records, Professor Sampson was registered as a company director at Facewatch on 1 November, one day after he left his former post. Campaigners claim he likely negotiated his Facewatch contract while still in post and have urged the advisory committee on business appointments to investigate.

Mark Johnson, advocacy manager at Big Brother Watch, said: "It cannot be acceptable for those in taxpayer-paid oversight roles to negotiate contracts with the very companies they scrutinise while still in post."

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