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Police use of live facial recognition (5)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

In several previous facial recognition deployments by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), innocent people not wanted by the police for any crime were put on police watchlists and targeted by facial recognition. For example, at Remembrance Sunday 2017, innocent people with mental health problems (so-called fixated individuals) were put on the police watchlist.

Will the Mayor and the MPS commit to not targeting innocent people with mental health problems again with live facial recognition?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Deployment of Live Facial Recognition will be intelligence-led primarily aimed at tackling serious crime, terrorism and to locate high-risk missing people. The sort of factors that an Authorising Officer might consider for a person to be ‘high-risk’ are:

It may, therefore, be that relevant missing people are high-risk because of vulnerability affected by mental ill health.