Human oversight of Facial Recognition Technology in forensic applications

David White, Alice Towler, Richard, I Kemp, Gary Edmond, Mehera San Roque, Clare Sutherland, Dame Vicki Bruce, Mike A. Burton

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1. Our submission relates exclusively to facial recognition technology (FRT). We are an interdisciplinary and international group of cognitive scientists, forensic psychologists, and legal scholars. We write this submission in our capacity as academic experts with decades of experience in the study of facial recognition, as it applies both to human viewers and technology. We have worked with government and police on applied issues relating to face identification in the UK (DW, AT, MB, VB) and Australia (DW, AT, RK, GE), and more recently to improve the way that FRT is implemented and used by staff to protect against identity fraud and investigate crime (DW, AT, RK). Others are experts in the use of image evidence in court in the UK and Australia (GE, MSR). Much of our work on this topic has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and is freely available to the public.

2. Our submission is based on a recent workshop hosted at UNSW Sydney that focused on human use of FRT. The workshop attracted an international delegation of academic experts, policy makers, law enforcement and FRT practitioners. The resulting white paper is publicly available[1].
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUK Parliament
EditionWritten evidence (NTL0012)
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2021


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