Is the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) decision not to exercise its right to reply to the independent evaluation of the live facial recognition trials, which was undertaken by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and published on 3 July 2019, an endorsement of the report's findings and conclusions?
No, this was not an endorsement of the report’s findings and conclusions by the Met. The Met has taken legal advice throughout the trial period and maintains that it had a legal basis for the use of LFR during the trial.
In its recent report, the London Policing Ethics Panel concluded that there is a need for the police to build and maintain the public’s trust in their use of new technologies and sets out recommendations and conditions to help achieve this and that MOPAC and the MPS should lobby Government to strengthen regulation of new technology. We will continue to work closely with the Met and ensure the panel’s recommendations are addressed before further deployment.