London police’s face recognition system gets it wrong 81% of the time

The first independent evaluation of the Metropolitan police’s use of face recognition systems warned it is “highly possible" it would be ruled unlawful if challenged in news: London’s police force has conducted 10 trials of face recognition technology since 2016, using Japanese company NEC’s Neoface system.

London police’s face recognition system gets it wrong 81% of the time

Curated via Twitter from MIT Technology Review’s twitter account….

It commissioned academics from the University of Essex to independently assess the scheme, and they concluded that the system is 81% inaccurate (in other words, the vast majority of people it flags up to the police are not on a wanted list. ) They found that, of 42 matches, only eight were confirmed to be correct, Sky News reports.

The news: London’s police force has conducted 10 trials of face recognition technology since 2016, using Japanese company NEC’s Neoface system.

Rising fears: As face recognition technology becomes more ubiquitous, there’s growing concern about the gender and racial bias embedded into many systems.

The first independent evaluation of the Metropolitan police’s use of face recognition systems warned it is “highly possible" it would be ruled unlawful if challenged in court.

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