Privacy Concerns Raised Over Facial Recognition Database

Privacy concerns have been raised in relation to a facial recognition database, which is currently being developed by the FBI, as part of an identification programme which will replace the current fingerprint system.

Under the current system, the fingerprints of criminals and non-criminals which have been stored by the FBI are kept on separate databases; with fingerprints of non-criminals stored after they have applied for jobs which require fingerprints for background checks.

However, information obtained by a civil liberties group following a Freedom of Information Request, has raised concerns that the facial recognition database – which is set to include over 50 million images by the end of next year – could raise privacy concerns.

It has been reported that the new database will keep the images of criminals and non-criminals together; and the civil liberties group have highlighted research which suggests that this could increase the risk of individuals being wrongly identified, as the database grows.

Despite the concerns, the FBI has stated that the database will help reduce criminal activities.

Whilst the database in America has raised concerns in relation to privacy, for those within the UK who feel they have a case relating to invasion of privacy, or other human rights related matters, our experienced solicitors in London can assist.

At Howe+Co, we have significant experience in handling a range of human rights related legal matters, from those relating to invasion of privacy, through to matters relating to imprisonment and free speech.

Our human rights solicitors in London have also worked on a number of high profile cases; and if fundamental human rights have been breached, we are experienced in getting decisions struck-down. To find out how we can help you, contact our solicitors today.

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