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The Met’s Use of Facial Recognition (6)

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

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Do you share the concerns outlined by numerous academics in recent reports and publications that Facial Recognition Technology discriminates against certain groups including ethnic minorities, trans people and young people? If this is the case how can you justify this being used on London’s streets?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Policing Ethics Panel explored the issue of bias in their report, and the MPS response to the report which I received earlier this year sets out their activity in relation to this (https://www.london.gov.uk/mopac-publications/letter-mps-ac-operations). The Equality Impact Assessment produced by the MPS also covers the issue of bias (https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/facial-recognition/live-facial-recognition/). The technical evaluation, also at the above link, does not support the view that the technology discriminates against ethnic minorities, trans people and young people