Police: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 17th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to formally respond to the report by the Information Commissioner's Office ICO investigation into the how the police use facial recognition technology in public places, published on 31 October.

Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a statutory, and binding, code of practice for the use of live facial recognition technology, as recommended by the Information Commissioner.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

The High Court found in September 2019 that there is a clear and sufficient legal framework for police use of live facial recognition technology. The framework includes police common law powers to protect the public, data protection and human rights legislation and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

The Government has no plans to formally respond to the Information Commissioner’s Office’s report.

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