Police: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations police forces rely on when processing photographs taken by the police using facial recognition technology.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The police process personal data for law enforcement purposes under Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018. ‘Law enforcement purposes’ is defined in the Act as processing for the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security.

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