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Challenge to police use of automated facial recognition technology

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Helen Law, Aidan Wills

Ed Bridges, a Cardiff resident, is launching a legal challenge against South Wales Police for using automated facial recognition (AFR). Mr Bridges believes he was scanned twice, once at a peaceful anti-arms protest and again while Christmas shopping in Cardiff. Surveillance cameras equipped with AFR software scan the faces of passers-by, making unique biometric maps of their faces. The maps are then compared and matched to other facial images on bespoke police databases. Mr Bridges has written to South Wales Police insisting that they cease to use AFR technology as it ‘violates privacy and breaches data protection laws’.

Helen Law and Aidan Wills are involved, instructed by Liberty.

To read Ed Bridges’ Huffington Post article, please click here.
Further coverage from Liberty available here and from Thomson Reuters here.