back to article Euro Parliament backs ban on cops using blanket facial-recognition surveillance

Police should be banned from using blanket facial-recognition surveillance to identify people not suspected of crimes. Certain private databases of people’s faces for identification systems ought to be outlawed, too. That's the feeling of the majority of members in the European Parliament this week. In a vote on Wednesday, 377 …

  1. alain williams Silver badge

    A ban in name only

    National security services will still use it while claiming that they do not.

    In much the same way that they do not intercept communications of their own citizens.

  2. Duncan Macdonald Silver badge

    Suspected of a crime

    For many police it seems as though breathing is a sufficient crime to warrant further investigation !!!

    1. Wolfclaw

      Re: Suspected of a crime

      Unless your a racist, sexist, rapist, murdering Police Officer and then Cressida Dick turns a blind eye.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Suspected of a crime

      Unless you're a Brazilian Plumber, in which case no further investigation is needed.

  3. BebopWeBop

    Meanwhile in the Ruritanian Republic of UKIP, our police forces will carry on - when they master the technology.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: ... when they master the technology

      They'll carry on whether they've mastered the technology or not.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: They'll carry on whether they've mastered the technology or not.

        Calmly, one presumes?

  4. Marki Mark
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    248 voted against

    A worrying amount seem to be quite happy with things as they are :(

    1. Snake Silver badge

      Are you surprised??!

      I am, with almost 100% certainty, sure that someone brought up the "Think of the CHILDREN!" during the discussion.

      Because wide-spread state surveillance allows (somehow) the plod to [pre]-identify (potential) child abusers, don't you know.

      "We can protect our children by having eyes EVERYWHERE!", the representative from the Sociojustice-Economics Republican Democratic Socialist Leninist Statist Party stated, in [their] (rambling) support of keeping the status quo.

      The EU Parliament also backed an agenda of raising their compensation as well as guaranteeing that media coverage of future parliamentary processes shall be excluded from the increased surveillance coverage"


      Sound about right?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    backs ban on cops using blanket facial-recognition surveillance

    terms & conditions as well as exclusions apply*

    * no gov or gov agency 'misunderstanding', mis-interpreting, bending, mis-applying, overapplying, overruling, outsourcing the misapplication of, following 'in letter', but not 'in spirit', breaking or otherwise purposefully or otherwise mis-using the (would-be) rules shall be punished to make the abovementioned rules effective.

  6. Ochib

    Thank goodness we have left the EU


    Priti Patel

    1. batfink Silver badge

      Re: Thank goodness we have left the EU

      You can't be Priti Patel. I've heard she's out of the office because one of her Dalmatians has gone missing.

      1. nijam Silver badge

        Re: Thank goodness we have left the EU

        > one of her Dalmatians has gone missing

        I thought Dalmatia was in the EU?

  7. AMBxx Silver badge


    How does the recognition system recognise sexuality?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: LGBTI?

      At a rough guess, because people with androgynous facial structure or appearance are underrepresented in the training sets?

      1. Falmari Silver badge

        Re: LGBTI?

        @AC Since when can sexual orientation be identified from a person's bone structure? What next identifying criminals by their cranial structure.

        @AC I am sure that was not what you ment by androgynous facial structure and it was just how I read it.

        Hell even the use makeup can't indicate sexual orientation otherwise all Goths are gay where in reality they are just pretentious, attention seeking bastards.. ;)

    2. Santa from Exeter

      Re: LGBTI?

      Heavily made up 'Men' wil confuse it, as will people with what would be be classed by the system as a 'female' face having a beard would be my guess.

      I know one guy that, while he was developing his Drag Queen persona, used to wear the drag makeup all the time so that he became comfortable with it, and the reactions it caused in 'normal' situations.

    3. Snake Silver badge

      Re: LGBTI?

      Ha. You know they don't. But authoritarian regimes can match faces to list of suspected LGBTI individuals, and then track their movements and whereabouts in order to confirm their suspicions, and then use the records as evidence against them when they are arrested for "moral crimes against society".

      The police in both the U.S. and the U.K. did such tactics back in the 1920's through 1960's, of course at a much lower level because it demanded feet-on-the-ground manpower.

      Thanks to technology, such surveillance is now available with push-button convenience.

  8. Irongut


    I can do better than a 24 hour ban on Uber, how about a lifetime ban? I have never used an Uber and I never will.

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