Facial Recognition Technology used by West Midlands Police

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please could you supply the following information. In the article http://www.itv.com/news/central/2017-06-... it states, “However, police obtained clear CCTV to identify his clothes and digital facial recognition technology to prove he was the attacker.” please advise:

1) How many facial recognition technology systems are available to West Midlands Police? And subsequently advise, if applicable, the following queries as per each facial recognition system.

2) Please advise which company supplies the facial recognition technology/ies available to West Midlands Police?

3) How long as West Midlands Police had access to facial recognition technology?

4) Which facial database/s (data set/s) the facial recognition technology is being referenced to.

5) How many searches have been conducted with facial recognition technology.

6) Can the facial recognition technology/ies be used in a real time scenario?

7) Please advise the rate of false positive results (i.e. where an individual has been incorrectly identified).

8) Please advise the rate of false negative results (i.e. where an individual has not been correctly identified).

9) Please supply the Privacy Impact Assessment for the facial recognition technology.

10) Please supply any Fair Processing Notice for the facial recognition technology.

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 West Midlands Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Police's handling of my FOI request 'Facial Recognition Technology used by West Midlands Police', which was due back on 25th July 2017 and is now 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...

Thank you for your time on this.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms King

 

FOI Request Reference: 008855/17

 

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence, received 27/07/2017,
requesting West Midlands Police to review its response to your request for
information concerning 007715/17

 

The review will be conducted by a person independent of the original
decision in accordance with the West Midlands Police review procedure.
Every effort will be made to have a response to you within 20 working
days. However, if it becomes clear that the review will not be completed
by this date you will be advised.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Susan Brown

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Dear Ms King

 

FOI Request Reference: 7715/17

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 26 June 2017. Please
accept my apologies for the late delivery of this reply.

 

REQUEST

 

In the article
[1]http://www.itv.com/news/central/2017-06-...
it states, "However, police obtained clear CCTV to identify his clothes
and digital facial recognition technology to prove he was the attacker."
please advise:

 

1) How many facial recognition technology systems are available to West
Midlands Police? And subsequently advise, if applicable, the following
queries as per each facial recognition system.

 

2) Please advise which company supplies the facial recognition
technology/ies available to West Midlands Police?

 

3) How long as West Midlands Police had access to facial recognition
technology?

 

4) Which facial database/s (data set/s) the facial recognition technology
is being referenced to.

 

5) How many searches have been conducted with facial recognition
technology?

 

6) Can the facial recognition technology/ies be used in a real time
scenario?

 

7) Please advise the rate of false positive results (i.e. where an
individual has been incorrectly identified).

 

8) Please advise the rate of false negative results (i.e. where an
individual has not been correctly identified).

 

9) Please supply the Privacy Impact Assessment for the facial recognition
technology.

 

10) Please supply any Fair Processing Notice for the facial recognition
technology.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find attached (7715_attachment_01.pdf).

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log:

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[3]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 20 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Freedom of Information Unit

Corporate Communications

West Midlands Police

 

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms King

 

It has come to our attention that the response sent earlier today
contained inaccuracies.

 

Please therefore disregard my earlier reply and I will issue an amended
response as soon as possible.

 

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Freedom of Information Unit

Corporate Communications

West Midlands Police

 

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Dear Ms King

 

FOI Request Reference: 7715/17

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 26 June 2017. As
advised in my email above, please disregard my earlier response and
instead accept the attached (7715_attachment_02.pdf) as our reply to your
request. The data provided for Question 2 of the previous response related
to facial comparison analysis services, rather than facial recognition
services. I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

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Please note that such an appeal must be received within 20 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Freedom of Information Unit

Corporate Communications

West Midlands Police

 

Tel: 101 (extension: 801 2068)

[mobile number]

 

[2][email address]

 

Website:    [3]www.west-midlands.police.uk/ 

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms King

 

FOI Internal Review Reference: 8855/17

 

Thank you for your correspondence, received 27 July 2017 where you
requested West Midlands Police to review its response to your request for
information concerning facial recognition technology

 

REQUEST

 

1) How many facial recognition technology systems are available to West
Midlands Police? And subsequently advise, if applicable, the following
queries as per each facial recognition system.

2) Please advise which company supplies the facial recognition
technology/ies available to West Midlands Police?

3) How long as West Midlands Police had access to facial recognition
technology?

4) Which facial database/s (data set/s) the facial recognition technology
is being referenced to.

5) How many searches have been conducted with facial recognition
technology.

6) Can the facial recognition technology/ies be used in a real time
scenario?

7) Please advise the rate of false positive results (i.e. where an
individual has been incorrectly identified).

8) Please advise the rate of false negative results (i.e. where an
individual has not been correctly identified).

9) Please supply the Privacy Impact Assessment for the facial recognition
technology.

10) Please supply any Fair Processing Notice for the facial recognition
technology

 

 

RESPONSE

 

A response was not issued within the 20 working day deadline.  I apologise
for the delay to the original response and also for the fact that the
first response was inaccurate. I understand that the full response was
provided on 22 August 2017

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Susan Brown

Freedom of Information Unit

Tel: 101

ext: 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

 

email. [1][email address]

Working hours 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Thursday

 

To report crime and anti-social behaviour which does not require an
emergency response please call 101. In an emergency call 999.

 

Website: [2]www.west-midlands.police.uk

WMNow: [3]www.wmnow.co.uk/
Twitter: [4]www.twitter.com/wmpolice
Facebook: [5]www.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice
YouTube: [6]www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice

Flickr: [7]www.flickr.com/westmidlandspolice

 

[8]View all our social network links

 

Our vision: : Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in
need.

 

 

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Midlands Police. All West Midlands Police email activity is monitored for
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Dear Susan Brown,

Ref: Internal Review 8855/17

Please discontinue this Internal Review as the original request (which was late) was answered on 22nd August 2017, see: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours sincerely,

Pippa King

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