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Police: Biometrics

Question for Home Office

UIN HL5493, tabled on 9 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a regulatory framework for facial recognition technology.

Answered on

23 June 2020

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. This means they can only use it for a policing purpose where necessary and proportionate.

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