'The information commissioner has threatened to bring legal action against police forces using controversial facial recognition technology, to protect the public’s privacy and human rights.
The watchdog issued its warning following research by The Independent that showed 98 per cent of returns by software used by the Metropolitan Police were “false positives”.
A report by Big Brother Watch branded the technique “dangerous and inaccurate” in a report presented in parliament, calling for all public authorities to stop using the surveillance camera technology.
Speaking at the event, Tottenham MP David Lammy said such powers “must have scrutiny to ensure that they are not abused”.
“That is clearly not the case here,” he added. “This is not effective policing, this is not efficient policing, and innocent members of the public are getting harassed by the police in being asked to prove their identity and innocence.”
Mr Lammy voiced concern about the potential for “conscious and unconscious bias” and profiling of black communities after his own review found inequalities at all stages in the criminal justice system.
Police leaders have defended the software, saying that they do not arrest suspects based on a match alone, have checks and balances in place and delete images that do not generate an alert.
Scotland Yard has deployed its system at the Notting Hill Carnival and Remembrance Sunday commemorations, while South Wales Police used it at last year’s Champions League final in Cardiff.'
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