Panel to examine UK police facial recognition system

A panel of academic and public sector experts are set to study a potential deployment of facial recognition technology by Leicestershire Police.

The study will form part of the new ethics committee’s duties.

Last month, senior police officials described the tech as significant a breakthrough for policing as the development of fingerprinting a century ago and, more recently, DNA coding.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole said the tech – a portable NeoFace surveillance solution made by NEC Corporation – could identify wanted criminals almost instantly.

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