Data Protection Advisor Jon Baines commented in UK Authority on the first legal challenge against facial recognition technology. Former Liberal Democrat councillor Ed Bridges, who was supported by civil rights group Liberty, claimed his human rights were breached after his face was captured by automatic facial recognition on two separate occasions. South Wales Police were successful in defending their use of the technology, with the High Court ruling that it was within the law.
Jon said, “As the technology develops the potential for intrusive misuse increases - and it is important to note that police powers to use this sort of surveillance are much wider than the powers available to other organisations.
"Additionally, the information commissioner and her team continue to investigate the use of the technology and have enforcement powers which enable them to audit and fine those who misuse it."
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