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Legal basis of police use of live facial recognition

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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During operation deployment of live facial recognition (LFR) technology by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the MPS has told a constituent: “each deployment will have its own legitimate purpose, legal basis.” What was the legal basis for each of the LFR deployments during February 2020 at Stratford and Oxford Circus?

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The legal basis for the deployment od Live Facial Recognition has been published by the MPS and can be found here:https://www.met.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/force-content/met/advice/lfr/mps-lfr-legal-mandate-v1-1.pdf

In relation to the Stratford and Oxford Circus deployments, these were announced as having a focus on violent and other serious crime. The prevention and detection of crime is a police common law power. Article 8, recognises action in the interests of national security, public safety and the prevention of disorder or crime as legitimate aims.