(by Rory Bathgate | ITPro) – The Home Office is planning to fit migrants who have committed a crime with smartwatches containing facial recognition technology, with which they will be required to scan their faces up to five times per day.
Migrants fitted with the devices will be expected to complete regular checks, such as taking a photo of themselves for data processing at points throughout each day.
Their names, date of birth, nationality, and facial recognition data will be stored, and checked against a Home Office database, for use in determining whether or not a manual check is required. Location data of those wearing the smartwatches will also be constantly recorded.
Collected data will be stored for up to six years, and during this time will be shared between the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice and the police.
Use of a database to cross-check daily photos of migrants to facial recognition data was not expanded upon, but the Metropolitan Police Service has a controversial history of using facial recognition databases, having been discovered surveiling passengers at King’s Cross in 2019 for that purpose.
According to a letter seen by The Guardian, the Home Office pressed ahead with plans for “daily monitoring of individuals subject to immigration control” after completing a data protection impact assessment (DPIA)in August 2021.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), organisations seeking to implement new systems that could infringe upon the rights of subjects must run a DPIA, in which the data controller assesses the risks of processing data on subjects.
Rights groups have been vocal about their objection to the collection of facial recognition data, both in regards to the invasion of privacy that they see it as representing and also in doubt of the degree to which the technology can be relied on. Big Brother Watch state that between 2016 and 2022, facial recognition used by the Metropolitan Police Service was 87% inaccurate. Read Full Article >