LONDON POLICE MOVES FORWARD WITH FULL-TIME DEPLOYMENT OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH THAT CAN’T ACCURATELY RECOGNIZE FACES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

LONDON POLICE MOVES FORWARD WITH FULL-TIME DEPLOYMENT OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH THAT CAN’T ACCURATELY RECOGNIZE FACES

The London Metropolitan Police sure loves its facial recognition tech. But it’s an unrequited love. The tech doesn’t appear to have done anything for the Met during its past deployments.

Documents obtained by Big Brother Watch in 2018 showed the Met’s deployments had rung up a 98% false positive rate in May of that year. Nothing improved as time went on. Subsequent documents showed a false positive rate of 100%. Every "match" was wrong. Not exactly the sort of thing you want to hear about tech capable of scanning 300 faces per second.

This followed an earlier report covering a test run by the South Wales Police at a handful of public events. In comparison, the South Wales tests were a success: a mere 92% of its matches were false positives.

The Met’s tech showed some slight improvement in 2019, moving up to a 96% false positive rate. This continued failure to recognize faces -- along with a number of privacy concerns -- prompted a UK Parliamentary Committee to call for an end of the use of facial recognition tech by UK government agencies. This advice was ignored by the Home Office, which apparently believed UK law enforcement would be able to fail upwards towards a brave new world of facial recognition tech worth the money being spent on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When a technology has not matured to the point of being reliable, it is pathologically insane to deploy it until it is.

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