Facial Recognition and the Big Brother Watch Report? The issue of police use of facial recognition technology is a very serious one that requires inclusive and open debate resulting in a policy framework that provides acceptable use guidance. The technology has significant potential to enhance public safety, but this must be balanced against the public’s very justifiable expectation of privacy and proportionality.
The data released by the South Wales Police and the London Metropolitan Police concerning their use of facial recognition is not sufficient for Big Brother Watch to have arrived at the conclusions they have. Their misrepresentation of this data is likely either a result of their misunderstanding of how it should be interpreted, or a desire to stifle open debate to achieve a predetermined political outcome.