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South Wales Police respond to Report on use of ‘facial recognition technology’

Responding to the Information Commissioner’s Office report and opinion, Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said:

“South Wales Police has received and will carefully consider both the Report and the Opinion issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement in public places.

“We are reassured that a key finding of the Information Commissioner’s Report is that, based on the judgement of the recent Judicial Review by the High Court and the evidence the ICO gathered in her investigation, there is no basis for the ICO to consider regulatory action on our continued use of the technology.

“South Wales Police will provide a comprehensive response to the ICO’s conclusions and key findings once we have had time to appraise these fully.

“South Wales Police’s use of the live facial recognition technology continues to be lawful and proportionate and we will transparently engage with any stakeholders to ensure a proper understanding of technology and its use for law enforcement purposes.

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