UK Home Secretary backs use of facial recognition CCTV cameras

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The UK Home Secretary, Sajid David, has backed the use of facial recognition CCTV cameras to identify suspects in public spaces, a news report has been able to suggest.

Police facial recognition cameras have been trialled at events such as football matches, festivals and parades. High-definition cameras detect faces and compare them with existing police photographs, such as mugshots from previous arrests.

But the technology has been criticised for being too inaccurate, particularly when identifying black and ethnic minority people. Civil rights campaigners have also criticised the fact there is no specific regulation governing how police use the software or manage the data gathered.

Speaking at the launch of new computer technology aimed at helping police fight against online child abuse, Mr Javid said it was right for forces to “be on top of the latest technology”.

“I back the police in looking at technology and trialling it and… different types of facial recognition technology is being trialled especially by the Met at the moment and I think it’s right they look at that,” he said.

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