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Police: Biometrics

Question for Home Office

UIN HL4664, tabled on 3 February 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the light of the uploading of photographs of faces by police forces in England and Wales onto a facial recognition database despite a previous court ruling that it could be unlawful.

Answered on

9 February 2015

The use and retention of custody photographs taken by the police is a complex issue and needs careful consideration of the balance between public protection and civil liberties. The Government is reviewing the framework within which the police use these custody images, and expects to be able to report in the Spring.

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