CCTV:Written question - 8098

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
CCTV
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of current legislation regulating the use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition and biometric tracking capabilities.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 12 September 2017

There is no legislation regulating the use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition and biometric tracking capabilities. However, the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice requires any police use of facial recognition or other biometric characteristic recognition systems to be clearly justified and proportionate in meeting the stated purpose. The retention of facial images by the police is governed by data protection legislation and by Authorised Professional Practice produced by the College of Policing.

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