FERRET INVESTIGATION: Police Scotland accelerates use of facial recognition

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Author: Paul Dobson

Police Scotland’s use of a controversial form of facial recognition has tripled over the last five years, and is on course to rise even further in 2023, heightening concerns that suspects could be wrongly identified.
The force has increased its use of retrospective facial recognition, where algorithms help identify people caught on camera at crime scenes by comparing their faces with millions of custody images stored on a UK-wide police database.
The figures were released under freedom of information (FoI) legislation following a request to the Home Office by the investigative unit, Liberty Investigates, and shared with The Ferret.
Police Scotland’s searches of the facial matching function on the police database jumped from just under 1,300 in 2018 to nearly 4,000 in 2022.

The full story is on The Ferret website

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