Facial recognition technology is getting more accurate, but concerns remain over privacy and the potential for bias, writes Joe Purshouse
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Christopher Alder in a police station in Hull.
His sister, Janet Alder, has spent the subsequent years campaigning to bring the circumstances of his death to light. She has, as a consequence, been the victim of police surveillance by Humberside police. It was only officially confirmed to Janet that she had been under surveillance after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct) investigated the matter in 2013.
Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police wants the police to have the right to access sensitive medical data without consent, reports The Guardian. He said that dealing with vulnerable groups now makes up 70% of police work and that speedy access to medical records would give the police a better understanding of the people they are expected to help.