The Speaker
Friday, 12 April 2024 – 12:24

Thousands of photos of innocent people remain on Police National Database

Thousands of innocent people have been questioned by police after facial recognition software wrongly captures photos of over 20,000 people in crowds across the UK.

A Commons report has warned people may not know that they can ask for their photos to be removed from the Police National Database, after a Home Office report in February 2017 said citizens should have this right.

The report comes after only 16 people applied for their photo to be removed. 

The Science and Technology Committee has questioned the legality of the “deletion on application” scheme. It is thought hundreds of thousands of people who were released without charge by police or later cleared have had their images retained. Many MPs have called the Government’s handling of the situation as “unacceptable”.


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