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12:00 AM, August 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 12, 2020

UK police use of facial recognition ruled unlawful

The use of facial recognition technology by a British police force was ruled unlawful yesterday by the Court of Appeal in a case brought by a civil rights campaigner.

Ed Bridges had challenged South Wales Police's use of the technology after his face was scanned on two separate occasions in Cardiff -- once while Christmas shopping in 2017 and at an anti-arms protest a year later.

He said the technology had caused him "distress".

The judges backed his appeal and ruled there was no clear guidance on where AFR Locate -- the technology being trialled by South Wales Police -- could be used and who could be put on a watchlist.

 

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