Passport photo checker algorithm

Adam Vaughan made this Freedom of Information request to HM Passport Office

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Dear HM Passport Office,

please could you let me know under the FOI act:

1) whether you have made any changes since 9 October 2019 to the algorithm powering your passport photo checking service, to make it work better with very pale or dark faces (as referenced here:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/221...)

2) whether you have commissioned any new work or research on improving how the algorithm works for those people. If there are any reports or documents relating to that work, please share them. I am only seeking work undertaken since 9 October 2019.

If request 2) above would require you to reject the request on section 12 grounds, please only consider request 1).

Yours faithfully,

Adam Vaughan

FOI, HM Passport Office

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FOI, HM Passport Office

Dear Mr Vaughan

Thank you for your email below.  Your request is being handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will aim to send you a full response by 2 March 2020, which is twenty working days from the date when we received your request.

Yours sincerely

Her Majesty’s Passport Office

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Dear Mr Vaughan

Further to our email below, please find attached our response to your information request.

Yours sincerely

Her Majesty’s Passport Office

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