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Biometrics

Home Department written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many errors in facial recognition equipment operated by her Department have been reported since its introduction.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Since 2008 there have been over 4.5 million transactions. There have been six reported incidents of facial recognition equipment making a false match, four of which were established to be false alarms. On the remaining two occasions the false matches were detected immediately by Border officers and no breach of the border occurred. System changes were put in place to improve the performance of the equipment following these two incidents.

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