ICO blog: Balancing people’s privacy rights with the need to prevent crime

Mar 30th '23

Blog by Stephen Bonner is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Deputy Commissioner for Regulatory Supervision. He leads programmes of work to develop strategic ICO positions on technology issues such as data, supervision of the large technology platforms and online harms.


From unlocking our mobile phones to online banking verification, facial recognition technology has become an accepted part of our everyday lives.


But how do we feel about live facial recognition technology, enabling CCTV cameras in public places to identify us while we’re out and about? Is it really necessary to have our faces scanned when we are simply buying some milk and a bag of frozen peas?


Some would say yes: live facial recognition can help the police catch suspects or speed our way through border control checks at ports. But as with many things, where there are benefits there are problems too. Others argue people’s privacy and freedoms are violated, the technology is imperfect and innocent people can be adversely affected.


Read the full article, here.


Source: ICO


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