Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has backed trials of face recognition by the Metropolitan Police. The trials will be used to test AFR (automatic facial recognition) to help in the fight against child abuse.

Speaking at the launch of new computer technology aimed at helping police fight against online child abuse, Mr Javid said it was right for forces to…

“To be on top of the latest technology”

He added:

“I back the police in looking at technology and trialling it and… different types of facial recognition technology is being trialled especially by the Met at the moment and I think it’s right they look at that.”

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“I actually believe facial recognition technology, properly overseen, properly thought about, properly circumscribed, is something that our public would expect us to be doing”