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Police: Biometrics

Question for Home Office

UIN HL11384, tabled on 12 November 2018

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.

Answered on

26 November 2018

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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