Facial Recognition capabilities used on the Police National Database

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Dear Home Office,

Under the Freedom of Information Act please could you supply the following information within 20 working days:

Police using biometric facial recognition capabilities:

a) How many images are currently held on the Police National Database (PND)?

b) How many images, by month, have been added from June 2015 to March 2016?

c) How many images, by month (if possible), were used in the facial recognition suite search facility since March 31st 2015 to March 31st 2016 .

d) Please advise when the reports Custody Image Review/Retention of Custody Images and the Biometrics strategy will be published.

e) As per your reply to my Freedom of Information Request -https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2... answer to question 2) Please advise the current situation with any Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) carried out for the PND facial recognition system and supply a copy if available:
“An initial PIA for the PND was carried out in 2008 and published by the NPIA in April 2009 following the guidance in the Information Commissioner’s Privacy Impact Assessment handbook (published in December 2007) recommending PIAs as good practice for any initiative involving new or significant changes to the processing of personal information. The inclusion of and sharing of images was considered in this PIA. An audit and review was published in 2011 and a further review undertaken but not published in 2013. The Home Office does not hold a Privacy Impact Assessment specific to the facial recognition system.”

Therefore please could you advise if, since your answer to me dated 16th June 2015, the PIA review done in 2013 has been published and if so please advise where or provide a copy, or whether a more recent PIA, or review of PIA, has been undertaken and published?

f) Does the Home Office consider a facial digital image/photograph as a biometric identifier?

g) Please could the Home Office define what the lowest quality photo is that is able to be used as a biometric identifier? i.e. size in bytes, pixals, type of digital image, pixals between salient mapped points on the face, etc.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and in such case please could you release available data as soon as possible rather than delay the entire request.

If you are not fully certain of what it is I am asking then I look forward to contact from you as soon as possible to clarify what it is I am requesting in order to meet your obligations under the law.

If the costs of processing this request exceed the limit in the Act, please advise on what information you are able to supply within the cost limit.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

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Dear Ms King,

Many thanks for your recent FOI request, however if I can clarify one of the questions with you.

Regarding question b), if you could clarify what activities you consider as being 'used'?

Regards,

Andy Woodgate
Knowledge and Information Management Unit
Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office
3rd Floor Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

T: +44 (0)20 7035 5273

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Dear Andy Woodgate,

I think you may mean question c) How many images, by month (if possible), were used in the facial recognition suite search facility since March 31st 2015 to March 31st 2016 .

I was wanting to know how many facial searches had been carried out with the facial recognition suite during those dates. I hope that clarifies, if not please do not hesitate to for more clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Pippa King

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Dear FOI Requests,

This Freedom of Information request originally given case ref 39306 should have had a full response by 11th May 2016 which is twenty working days from the date you received your request as per your communication dated 14 April 2016 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

On the 18th of April 2016 I was asked to clarify a question, which I replied to on the 25th April 2016 see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

After speaking to the Information Commissioner's Office they advised that it would be unreasonable for you not to answer the other points of the original Freedom of Information Request (your ref 39306) that I sent on 12th April 2016 to which a response was due by 11 May 2016. Therefore please could you answer points A, B, D, E, F and G and I will expect response to C (case ref 39456) on the 24th May 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Pippa King

Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Facial Recognition capabilities used on the Police National Database'. The Freedom of Information request is overdue.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

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Dear Ms King,

Please find attached response to your FOI Request. Please accept my apologies for the delay with this request.

Regards,

Andy Woodgate
Knowledge and Information Management Unit
Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office
3rd Floor Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

T: +44 (0)20 7035 5273

www.gov.uk/home-office

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Dear Ms King

 

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request. 

 

 

Kind Regards

 

J. Douglas

 

Information Rights Team

 

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