Facewatch founder urges government to protect facial recognition as crime-fighting tool

THE MINISTER for Digital and Culture has offered reassurances over the impact of a data protection law coming into force next year on the use of facial recognition technology for crime-fighting purposes.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is designed to give citizens more control over their personal data, comes into force from 25 May 2018.

Simon Gordon, founder of ground-breaking CCTV image sharing platform Facewatch, wrote a letter to Philip Davies MP, expressing concern that the new law could “potentially prevent the legitimate use of facial recognition” to “prevent criminals/suspected criminals and terrorists from being flagged up as well as missing children being found.”