MPs call for 'immediate' stop to facial recog in UK as report underlines bias risks in 'pre-crime' algos used by coppers

MPs call for 'immediate' stop to facial recog in UK as report underlines bias risks in 'pre-crime' algos used by coppers

New report after 12 forces across England and Wales trialled technology


MPs across parties have called for an immediate "stop" to live facial recognition surveillance by the police and in public places.


The joint statement signed by 14 MPs including David Davis, Diane Abbott, Jo Swinson, and Caroline Lucas stated:



We hold differing views about live facial recognition surveillance, ranging from serious concerns about its incompatibility with human rights, to the potential for discriminatory impact, the lack of safeguards, the lack of an evidence base, an unproven case of necessity or proportionality, the lack of a sufficient legal basis, the lack of parliamentary consideration, and the lack of a democratic mandate.


However, all of these views lead us to the same following conclusion: We call on UK police and private companies to immediately stop using live facial recognition for public surveillance.



The call is also backed by 25 rights and technology groups including Big Brother Watch, Amnesty International and the Ada Lovelace Institute.


Such groups have warned about the increasing use of the controversial technology. The Metropolitan Police has used facial recognition surveillance 10 times across London since 2016, including twice at London's Notting Hill Carnival.


Facial recognition is also being used in privately owned public spaces, including, controversially, the King's Cross Estate in Londonthe ICO has already stuck its oar in on that subject.


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