Briefing Note on the Ethical Issues Arising from Public–Private Collaboration in the use of Live Facial Recognition Technology

– The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 19 February 2021

Findings from the UK’s working group on live facial recognition

This briefing note provides an overview of the evidence gathered by the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) - a working group commissioned by the UK government to investigate ethical issues around live facial recognition technology (LFR) by law enforcement and private companies.

"Public–private collaborations (P–PCs) in the use of biometric recognition technologies, including LFR, are predicted to grow over the next few years."

The report provides a number of recommendations to inform the usage of the technology in this context, centered primarily on data collection, storage, and sharing.

The sharing of data/technology between the private and public sectors raises a number of ethical issues over and above those generated by public (police) sector use of LFR

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