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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights


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The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday tha the use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws.

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The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

The court agreed with civil rights campaigner Ed Bridges' claim that South Wales Police caused him "distress" by scanning his face while shopping in 2017, and again when attending a peaceful anti-arms rally the following year.

The judges determined the system was being used during tests in an unlawful manner, and based their decision on who is captured in the video surveillance and where. They said, "In relation to both of those questions, too much discretion is currently left to individual police officers."

Although there was no clear evidence that the software was sexually or racially biased, the court directed law enforcement to take all reasonable measures to ensure it is free of such discrimination.

From Associated Press
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