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Police hold 20m facial recognition images

Police hold 20m facial recognition images

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, Technology Reporter and Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent - ExclusiveSky News has learned more than 20 million facial recognition images are being held by police in the UK.Public confidence in law enforcement is being undermined by the lack of laws controlling the police's use of facial recognition technology, the independent Biometrics Commissioner has warned.In his first public comments since taking office, Professor Paul Wiles told Sky News the Government's delays in developing rules to address the police's growing databases of innocent citizens' facial images risked damaging the UK's model of policing by consent.The police currently hold "beyond 20 million images" of Britons' faces, said Professor Wiles, a former scientific adviser to government who has held...
Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona

Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSpanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.Spanish media have named Moussa Oubakir, 18, as the suspect.He is the brother of Driss Oubakir, whose documentation was allegedly used to rent the van involved in the attack.Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack". He has announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Fri...
Police take 2 Venezuela opposition leaders from homes

Police take 2 Venezuela opposition leaders from homes

World
Two of Venezuela's leading opposition figures were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by state security agents on Tuesday, in President Nicolas Maduro's first moves against his enemies since a widely denounced vote giving his government nearly unlimited powers. The wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez posted what appeared to be video of him being taken from their home after midnight. "They've just taken Leopoldo from the house," Lilian Tintori wrote on Twitter. "We don't know where he is or where they're taking him." Allies of former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma posted video online of a man who appeared to be the opposition leader being taken by state security as a woman screams for help for neighbors. "They're taking Ledezma!" she cries. "It's a dictatorship!" Lopez w...
Police: Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

Police: Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

World
July 28 (UPI) -- A knife-wielding man killed one person and injured four others at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, local police said.The man entered the grocery store, attacked five people with a knife and then left shortly thereafter, police for the northern German city said in a series of updates posted to Facebook on Friday. One victim died at the store.In a news release later Friday, police said the suspect is 26 years old and was born in the United Arab Emirates, but they could not confirm his current citizenship. Police have not yet identified him or the stabbing victims, although they said the person who died was 50 years old.CNN reported that police spokesman Timo Zill told German reporters the suspect also attacked people with his kitchen knife after he fled the supe...
UK police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

UK police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

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British police said Thursday they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect that local authorities may have committed corporate manslaughter in a deadly high-rise fire in London. The Metropolitan Police force said it has officially informed the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which owns the Grenfell Tower public housing block, and the management group the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association that they are under suspicion. The news came in a letter from police sent to residents of the building. The letter said a senior representative of each body will be interviewed about the fire as part of the police investigation. The police force confirmed to The Associated Press that the letter is genuine, but stressed it does not mean a decision has been made on whether to charge ...