Facial recognition and private companies (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th August 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

On 24 June 2019, The Evening Standard ran an article about a company called Wireless CCTV that is developing facial recognition software for body-worn cameras. Has the Metropolitan Police Service had any meetings or communication with this firm in the context of this new technology?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The team in the MPS responsible Live Facial Recognition (LFR) has confirmed that there has been no recent contact with Wireless CCTV and that the MPS has no formal arrangement or contract with the company. All commercial contract decisions are subject to internal governance procedures and independently overseen by MOPAC.