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Police use of live facial recognition (3)

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

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Within the principle of ensuring each deployment is necessary and proportionate, could you clarify whether activists involved in non-violent direct action and environmental campaigning groups will be put on facial recognition watchlists?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The creation of watchlists is an operational matter for the Metropolitan Police Service. At present the plans are for LFR to be used to tackle serious crime, terrorism and locate high-risk missing people. The MPS have been clear that LFR will not be used to infringe on people’s lawful democratic rights. To do so would be unacceptable and would be contrary to the conditions set out in the London Policing Ethics Panel report which address the ethical use of LFR by the Met Police.