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The Met’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

There are many concerns about the use of facial recognition technology. Please clarify that ‘people of interest’ will be included on Live Facial Recognition (LFR) ‘watchlists’ as well as those wanted for serious crimes? Please provide clear information on how these ‘watchlists’ will be compiled and the specific criteria for someone to be included on such a list, above and beyond the vague information currently published on this?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The LFR Guidance Document covers the issues that need to be considered when compiling a watchlist, including how we address perceived disproportionality. The Live Facial Recognition Standard Operating Procedure (https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/facial-recognition/live-facial-recognition/) sets out how watchlists are to be generated and how they are to be used.