Lib Dems secure review of face recognition technology

Scottish Liberal Democrats have secured a review of Police Scotland's controversial use of facial recognition technology.

In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced HMICS will now undertake a review into the technology. Following discussions with the Justice Secretary, the review will be included in HMICS' 2015-16 scrutiny plan.

It comes after months of pressure from Scottish Lib Dems on the Scottish Government to look into safeguards around the use of the unregulated software. 

Commenting on the news, Mr Rennie said:

"This is a big win for the Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign to secure the civil liberties of Scots against unregulated facial technology.

"There are strict rules on indiscriminately taking and cross-referencing our fingerprints and DNA but the same rules do not apply to the use of images on the UK-wide Police National Database.

"The HMICS review will hopefully identify what oversight and safeguards are needed to ensure there are proper grounds for use of the technology.

"We are a long way from securing solutions, but this review shows why you need the Scottish Liberal Democrats to stand up for civil liberties." 

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