Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ‘unlawful’

Facial recognition use by South Wales Police 'unlawful'

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Ed Bridges has had his picture captured twice by AFR know-how, which he mentioned breached his human rights

The usage of computerized facial recognition (AFR) know-how by South Wales Police is illegal, the Court docket of Attraction has dominated.

It follows a authorized problem introduced by civil rights group Liberty and Ed Bridges, 37, from Cardiff.

Mr Bridges mentioned being recognized by AFR had triggered him misery.

The court docket upheld three of the 5 factors raised but in addition discovered its use was proportionate interference with human rights.

The ruling mentioned there was no clear steerage on the place AFR Find could possibly be used, and who could possibly be placed on a watchlist.

It mentioned in consequence an information safety affect evaluation was poor and the power didn’t take affordable steps to seek out out if the software program had a racial or gender bias.


Responding to the ruling, Mr Bridges mentioned: “I am delighted that the court docket has agreed that facial recognition clearly threatens our rights.

“This know-how is an intrusive and discriminatory mass surveillance software.

“For 3 years now, South Wales Police has been utilizing it in opposition to lots of of 1000’s of us, with out our consent and infrequently with out our information.

“We should always all have the ability to use our public areas with out being subjected to oppressive surveillance.”

Mr Bridges’ face was scanned whereas he was Christmas buying in Cardiff in 2017 and at a peaceable anti-arms protest outdoors the town’s Motorpoint Enviornment in 2018.

He had argued it it breached his human rights when his biometric knowledge was analysed with out his information or consent.

Liberty lawyer Megan Goulding described the judgment as a “main victory within the combat in opposition to discriminatory and oppressive facial recognition”.

She added: “It’s time for the federal government to recognise the intense risks of this intrusive know-how. Facial recognition is a risk to our freedom – it has no place on our streets.”


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