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What we talk about when we talk about biometrics…*

Technology using biometric data is progressing at a rapid pace. Finding the right balance between the privacy concerns and entitlements of the individual while harnessing new technology responsibly, accountably and proportionately is proving to be a significant challenge for policing today; tomorrow’s technology will make it even more so.  Which is why there needs to be an informed and realistic response to the government’s idea of soaking up the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner functions within a data regulator’s role which is buried at the end of the DCMS’ ongoing broad consultation.

Government launches consultation on proposed revisions to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

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The government has launched a consultation on proposed alterations to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. This is the first revision to the Code since its introduction in June 2013.

“If you’ve done nothing wrong…”: 5 Reasons Why This is No Defence for Surveillance

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The expression “if you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve nothing to worry about” is not the answer to legitimate public concern over surveillance. Here are 5 reasons for abandoning the argument once and for all.

Regulating law enforcement use of automatic facial recognition

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Biometrics, CCTV, Facial Recognition Technology, Policing
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Regulating law enforcement use of automatic facial recognition is a complex area. The Commissioner blogs about the legal framework and the need for regulators and others to work together to ensure that they serve the public interest to the standards they expect, helping those who want to deploy AFR do so within a strong framework of law and guidance

Leading the industry strand of the national surveillance camera strategy

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The industry strand of the national surveillance camera strategy involves those who manufacture, plan, design, install maintain and monitor of surveillance camera systems. Read about what's happening on this work strand.

How effective are Video Surveillance Systems (VSS)?

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Video Surveillance Systems are operated by most Local Authorities in England and Wales and are intrinsically linked with operational policing to protect the public and ensure their safety. So how effective are they and is the cost of installing and operating those systems really worth it?