Dear Home Office,

Thank you for responding to my previous request about facial recognition software. I have a few clarifications on some questions about facial recognition software:

1. Has any city/parish/district council in the UK had access to facial recognition technology (sometimes also described as face detection/image recognition/biometric identification/appearance search?)

If so, has any council in the UK used its own equipment or that of a third party?

2. Has any city/parish/district council deployed facial recognition technology (either on its own or via a third party)?

If so:-

Which private company or companies did the council work with?
What were the dates of the facial recognition use?
What was the location of the facial recognition use?
Who provided the database of images that the facial recognition system was looking for?
How many images were on the database?
What were the outcomes (eg arrests, prosecutions etc)?
How long were the images recorded by the facial recognition system kept?
Was an Impact Assessment carried out? If so, please provide a copy.
How much did the council pay for the facial recognition system and its use?

3. Do city/parish/district councils in the UK l have any data sharing agreements in place covering the use of facial recognition technology?

Yours faithfully,

Rhi Storer

FOI Requests, Home Office

Rhi Storer,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 57362). We will aim to send you a full response by 17/02/2020 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Rhi Storer,


Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information request dated
20 January 2020.


Please note we are sending this to you by e-mail only.


Information Rights Team

Home Office

Third Floor, Peel Building

2 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DF

e-mail: [1][email address]


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