Guidance

Police use of automated facial recognition technology with surveillance camera systems

This guidance is aimed at helping police forces who are considering deploying facial recognition technology.

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It sets out the legal, ethical and operational considerations they may wish to consider before and during deployment.

This guidance is to assist police forces to comply with their statutory obligations arising from Section 31(1) Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, when overtly operating surveillance camera systems in public places in England and Wales. These include those which make use of face recognition technology.

Published 15 March 2019