Police National Database Facial Recognition capabilities

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Dear The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

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

As per the annual report from the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material (Biometrics Commissioner):
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...
Police National Database Facial Recognition System
(See Section 7 of the report)

1) Please advise what date the facial recognition system on the Police National Database (PND) went live.

2) Please advise which company is supplying the hardware (if any) and software.

3) Please provide a copy of the privacy impact assessment carried out.

4) Please advise where the images to be facially recognised 9persons requiring identification) are coming from. I.e. body worn cameras, private surveillance systems, etc.

5) Please advise where the images to be referenced against (the database of images) are coming from I.e. custody images, body work cameras, private surveillance systems, any other databases, etc.

6) On average how many images per months have been uploaded?

7) How many images have been deleted from the database?

8) Please advise what action is being taken to address concerns voiced by the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometrics (see above report, page 104). Concerns are:

“the acceptability of creating what is, in effect, a searchable national database of custody photographs; the inclusion and processing on that database of images of individuals who have never been convicted of a recordable offence; the scope for searching against that database other images of unconvicted individuals (including, perhaps, images derived from CCTV and/or ‘body worn video’); and, more generally, about what would constitute appropriate arrangements for the governance and regulation of the relevant database and searching process.

As well as raising my concerns about these matters with Chief Constable Barton and with senior Home Office officials, I have raised them with the Forensic Science Regulator, with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and with the Information Commissioner’s Office. It is clear from my discussions with them that they also have concerns about proper regulation in this area and that they would, like me, be happy to contribute to the development of an appropriate regulatory regime.”

9) Who has access to the facial recognition system? I.e. polices forces, any other organisations.

10) How many people have access to the facial recognition system?

11) How many searches have been done? Please break down by how many individuals have been positively identified and searches that have not been able to positively identify an individual?

12) How many images are on the system?

13) What percentage of images held on the facial recognition database are of persons who have not been found guilty of a crime?

14) Which other police forces are considering using or using facial recognition systems? e.g. Leicestershire Police using NeoFace

15) Please advise why no mention of the PND database of images to used with a facial recognition system, that had gone ‘live’ in April 2014 according to the Biometrics Commissioner’s report, was not mentioned in APCO’s submission to the House of Commons Select Committee ‘Current and future uses of biometric technology’ submission: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidenc...

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

Dear The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

Please could you confirm receipt of my request for information "Police National Database Facial Recognition capabilities" sent on 19th February 2015. I appreciate police forces/ACPO are busy and I am grateful for your time on this.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Good afternoon Ms King

Sincere apologies, your request was received on 19/02/2015. I can confirm that ACPO hope to respond to your request by 19/03/2015. I will update you with any information at the earliest opportunity.

Kindest regards

Sherry

Sherry Traquair | ACPO Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker

Association of Chief Police Officers, 1st Floor,
10 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NN

PO Box 481 Fareham Hampshire PO14 9FS

T | 023 804 78922
M | 077 685 53447
E | [ACPO request email]

W| www.acpo.police.uk

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Dear Sherry Traquair,

Thank you for your quick response, much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

Dear The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

Re: Freedom of Information request - Police National Database Facial Recognition capabilities

In relation to question 13) What percentage of images held on the facial recognition database are of persons who have not been found guilty of a crime?

To clarify this would be a) persons charged but not convicted of a crime and b) persons not charged with a crime? Please could you answer, as detailed in question 13, with overall percentage and if possible breaking down the overall percentage with the percentages of these two categories.

Apologies for any ambiguities.

Many thanks,

Pippa King

The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Good afternoon Pippa

I will ensure that the further clarification received relating to your request reference 043/15 is fully considered prior to responding to you in full.

Kind regards

Sherry

Sherry Traquair | ACPO Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker

Association of Chief Police Officers, 1st Floor,
10 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NN

PO Box 481 Fareham Hampshire PO14 9FS

T | 023 804 78922
M | 077 685 53447
E | [ACPO request email]

W| www.acpo.police.uk

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The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Good afternoon Ms King
 
Please find attached ACPO response to your Freedom of Information request.
 
With kindest regards
 
Sherry
 
 
Sherry Traquair | ACPO Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker
 
Association of Chief Police Officers, 1st Floor,
10 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NN
 
PO Box 481 Fareham Hampshire PO14 9FS
 
T  | 023 804 78922
M | 077 685 53447
E  | [1][ACPO request email]
 
W| [2]www.acpo.police.uk
 
 
 
 

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Dear Sherry Traquair,

Thank you for your response to my Freedom of Information request. I just have have three queries I hope you can clarify:

With regards to question 9) Who has access to the facial recognition system? I.e. police forces, any other organisations. - Assocation of Chief Police Officers response: ACPO does not hold information captured by your request. There is no record held that specifically details a definitive list of information. However, all PND users have access to the facial recognition system.

- Please could you clarify who PND users are? Is it just the police forces in the UK?

With regards to question 10) How many people have access to the facial recognition system? - ACPO response: ACPO does not hold information captured by your request as there is no specific record held. I can advise that there are 12,000 licenses available for PND use.

- Please could you clarify what the licenses are in this instance. i.e. per user? and if at all possible provide a copy of one so I could better understand what it is?

With regards to question 11) How many searches have been done? Please break down by how many individuals have been positively identified and searches that have not been able to positively identify an individual? - ACPO response: A total of 4000 facial searches were submitted between 28/03/2014 (when the functionality was released to users) and 17/02/2015.

- As ACPO haven't been able to provide a breakdown of the 4000 searches can I assert that ACPO are not able to break this search down to the criteria requested?

I appreciate that ACPO are busy and I am very grateful for your time on this and sincerely hope that in the instance that ACPO cannot respond that the newly-created National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) is able to.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Good morning Ms King
 
Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information request.
 
Kind regards
 
Sherry
 

 

Sherry Traquair | NPCC Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker

 

National Police Chiefs’ Council, 1st Floor,

10 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NN

 

PO Box 481 Fareham Hampshire PO14 9FS

 

T  | 023 804 78922

M | 077 685 53447

E  | [1][ACPO request email]

 

W| [2]www.npcc.police.uk

 

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