British privacy organization starts lawsuit to police use facial recognition

Jul

25

2018

The British privacy organization Big Brother Watch has announced that it has started a case with which the organization wants to challenge the use of facial recognition software by the police. The judge must still let the case go.

In an announcement , the organization reports that the action is against the British Minister of the Interior and the director of the Metropolitan Police. Big Brother Watch is of the opinion that the use of technology is contrary to rights such as the fundamental right to the protection of privacy. The use would also mean ‘an inclined plane to an Orwellian society’. The organization collects money through a crowdfunding action to fund the case. Meanwhile, the counter is at just over five thousand pounds.

Big Brother Watch cites several examples that show that the use of face recognition is inaccurate and often yields a false positive . Director Silkie Carlo states that the use of cameras exposes people within a certain area to ‘very sensitive identity checks for which they have not given their consent’. According to the BBC, the police are testing systems in London and three other places in the country. The police would consider technology as an ‘extremely valuable tool’.

The case takes the form of a judicial review, for which an application has been filed with the High Court. He must give his permission before the case can proceed.

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