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Welsh police use of facial recog tech – it's so 'lawful', rules High Court

Why Not?

Re: How in the name of sweet beJesis is this legal?

This is probably the key "who do you match it against and why".

If you have a database of people who are convicted drunk drivers banned from driving and you match active drivers against it then that is direct crime detection - OK?. Now if you have a database of convicted pickpockets and you use cctv footage at a festival is that ok?

Now change the word from convicted to suspected - still OK? etc.

So we need clear rules who and why you match it against.

We need to define rules of engagement when a match is made. First the match must be manually verified by a competent officer, then an agreed process to approach the possible suspect and verify their identity in a polite and acceptable way.

Now denying it works now is pointless, the evidence is that it will work soon and as it evolves it will become a major part of police work, we just need to manage the genie as it comes out of the bottle.

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