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Facial Recognition 2

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

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Photo of Susan Hall Susan Hall Conservative

Since the approval of Facial Recognition for the Met, please provide the minor crime types for which those who have been uploaded to the system are wanted for.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

To date, the watchlists have focused on violent and other serious crime types. The following examples are illustrative of factors that will currently inform an authorising officer’s judgment as to what constitutes serious crime for the purposes of an LFR deployment.

It should be stressed that the above factors are not prescriptive but illustrative given that all LFR deployments are intelligence-led and reflect current MPS policing priorities. It is therefore for the authorising officer to be satisfied that targeting people wanted for any particular crime type is lawful, necessary and proportionate in the circumstances.