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Europe Data Protection Digest | UK home secretary approves facial-recognition trials by police Related reading: Global News Roundup — Aug. 12–19, 2019

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BBC News reports U.K. police forces have the backing of Home Secretary Sajid Javid to continue trialing automated facial-recognition software. The approval comes while privacy advocates continue to question the software's accuracy and take issue with its unregulated use. Javid explained that expanding the software's use beyond minimizing crime will require further government consideration. "If they want to take it further it's also right that they come to government, we look at it carefully and we set out through Parliament how that can work," Javid said. Meanwhile, Members of Parliament on the House of Commons Science and Technology committee oppose the technology, saying no further trials of the tech should take place without regulations.
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