Face recognition violates human rights, the British sued the police

Recently, an ordinary British person and the police lawsuit caused widespread concern because the man believed that the police’s automatic face recognization system violated human rights. It is the same as extracting a person’s fingerprint or DNA without permission.

In front of the face recognization system, everyone seems to have a name on their faces. It is a double-edged sword. Although it can help the policies find fugitives, it can be used to monitor people if it is used by a dictatorship. Fortunately, British is a democracy, and people who don’t like it can sue the police for human rights violations.

One day in December 2017, Cardiff resident Ed Bridges went shopping on the street and accidentally found a face in the police car parked on the street to automatically recognize the camera. He said: “I went out of the office and wanted to buy something for Christmas. I saw a police car on Cardiff’s pedestrian shopping street. When I was close enough, I could see the police car with the words ‘automatic face recognition’. At the time, my image data has been captured by it. This shocked me, this is a fundamental violation of my privacy.”

He also said that when he participated in an anti-arms trade and peaceful demonstration in 2018, he was again photographed by the face recognition system. He raised money with the Internet through a group of civil rights people to file a lawsuit with the police.

There is no relevant law

The automatic face recognition system is more powerful than the traditional surveillance cameras used by the police. Because the biometric system drawing tool is installed on the camera, the face digital of the person passing the camera can be drawn, and each of these figures is unique. .

The captured face image will be compared to the face on the police watch list. Bridges’ lawyer said: “It’s like not knowing or collecting a person’s DNA or fingerprints without consent.” But British law has clear regulations on the collection of human DNA and fingerprints, but there is no such rule for the use of face recognition systems.

Some people think that if there is no relevant regulations, the use of face recognition systems is a violation of human rights and should be banned. The police said that if the identification system found that the pedestrians were not on the police watch list, the image and biometric data of the captured person would be deleted immediately, but the surveillance video would be saved. The police said their watch list included suspected criminals, people ordered to be arrested, vulnerable people and those who the police needed to provide information.

Covered face was fined 90 pounds

British media reports also revealed that a man saw his face recognition system on the streets of London and blocked his face with clothes, but was stopped by the police and then fined £90.

According to the BBC Click, on January 31 this year, the man saw the police face recognition system camera while walking on the streets of Romford in East London. He blocked his face with a hat and jacket and was stopped by the police.

The police not only photographed his face, but also fined him 90 pounds in the name of obstructing law and order. This scene was seen by the head of the civil rights group Big Brother Watch, who asked the policeman who fined the man: “What do you suspect him?”

The police replied: “When he passed, he blocked his face and didn’t want to be identified. This made us have reason to stop him and determine his identity.” Police said that on the day of the trial of the face recognition system on January 31, the police arrested eight people, three of whom were on the police watch list.

There are three police forces in the UK who have used face recognition systems in public areas since 2015, including the South Wales Police, the London Police and the Leicestershire Police. However, the data obtained through the Free Information Act shows that the accuracy of the face recognition system is not high. 96% of the people in the London Police Department who think the match is between 2016 and 2018 are wrong, that is, Many people are mistakenly considered to be potential criminals.