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81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

Technology
Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology as possible suspects are innocent, according to an independent report. Researchers found that the controversial system is 81% inaccurate - meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, it flagged up faces to police when they were not on a wanted list. The force maintains its technology only makes a mistake in one in 1,000 cases - but it uses a different measurement to arrive at this conclusion.The report, exclusively revealed by Sky News and The Guardian, raises "significant concerns" about Scotland Yard's use of the technology, and calls for the facial recognition programme to be halted.Citing a range of technical, operational and legal issues, the report concludes that it is "highly possible" the...
Innocent people held as paedophiles after typos

Innocent people held as paedophiles after typos

Technology
Innocent people have been arrested as paedophiles and one family had their children taken away because of typos in warrants, a report has revealed.More than 20 typographical errors leading to mistaken arrests have been announced by the watchdog who oversees the police use of surveillance powers.In his annual report, the interception of communications commissioner, Sir Stanley Burton, said the issue was of "significant concern"."The impact on some victims of these errors has been appalling," he said.The report details one case in which police carried out a search warrant at an incorrect address - which resulted in two children being taken into custody by social services for a weekend while their parents were questioned.It also mentions at least 13 cases of innocent people interviewed or arr...