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NeoFace: How Anonymous Are We To Big Brother Police Agencies?

NeoFace: How Anonymous Are We To Big Brother Police Agencies?.

 

 

 

n July 2014 it was reported that Leicestershire Police began a facial recognition system  trial in April of that year.

 According to Chief Inspector Chris Cockerill, “We’re very proud to be the first UK Police force to evaluate this new system.”

The biometric system, called NeoFace, was being trialled for six months taking images of members of the public captured from video and photographs taken from CCTV, police body-worn video, digital cameras or even smartphones (according to the police’s own industry publication The Police Oracle), then checking the facial images with NeoFace biometric software to see if there was a match to any of the 92,000 facial images Leicestershire Police held on their Custody Image Management (CIM) System. 92,000 facial images of arrestees, some of which were not guilty of any crime.

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