Facial recognition trials in the UK have generated significant controversy and debate over the past few years. This week, it flared again when Sky News / Guardian trumpeted that 81% of 'suspects' flagged were false. However, their posts did not analyze the details nor share the original research report. IPVM has.
In this report, we share and examine the 128-page report including:
- The new and enhanced methodology that Essex used to analyze these results from more recent facial recognition trials in 2018 and 2019.
- Why police / human review of matches was so critical and so difficult
- How the 'accuracy' statistics vary and what the tradeoffs in different approaches were
- How logs recorded show logistical challenges
- How UK / EU / GDPR rules for consent complicate the challenges involved
- China / PRC facial recognition systems contrasted