Use of facial recognition software

North East Combined Authority Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear North East Combined Authority,

I'm writing to you under the freedom of information act (2000) to ask whether your force / authority use facial recognition software in video cameras/CCTV cameras, or any other compatible device, both portable or static. Specifically, both Live Facial Recognition (LfR) or Automated Facial Recognition (AfR) software, from 2016- 2021.

1) I'd like to know about any trials or active contracts of facial recognition software.

2) I'd like to know which company / companies have been used / are being used.

3) I'd like to know the cost of this, either as a trial for the whole period it ran for, or the ongoing cost of it year by year.

Yours faithfully,

The Citizens

Data Protection Officer,

Dear Sirs

Thank you for your request for information as below - your query has been logged under reference number 21.0734.

I have received advice from the Combined Authority and can respond as follows -

1) I'd like to know about any trials or active contracts of facial recognition software.

Response - no relevant information is held by the Combined Authority.

2) I'd like to know which company / companies have been used / are being used.

Response - no relevant information is held by the Combined Authority.

3) I'd like to know the cost of this, either as a trial for the whole period it ran for, or the ongoing cost of it year by year.

Response - no relevant information is held by the Combined Authority.

For information, the North East Combined Authority is a legal body that brings together the four councils which serve County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The Authority does not hold information relating to the subject of your enquiry but it is possible that constituent Councils may have trialled or deployed the tech you ask about. You may wish to submit your questions to the relevant councils, which will respond in accordance with their own FOI processes.

Sincerely,

Deputy Data Protection Officer
Corporate Services
Sunderland City Council - sent on behalf of the North East Combined Authority

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