CCTV

Home Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of current legislation regulating the use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition and biometric tracking capabilities.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

There is no legislation regulating the use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition and biometric tracking capabilities. However, the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice requires any police use of facial recognition or other biometric characteristic recognition systems to be clearly justified and proportionate in meeting the stated purpose. The retention of facial images by the police is governed by data protection legislation and by Authorised Professional Practice produced by the College of Policing.

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