Facial Recognition (11409/18)

Request

  1. Does the force use the facial recognition technology available through the Police National Database (PND)?
  2. Since the PND facial recognition technology was introduced (ie. for each of the last three years), how many facial recognition searches has the force carried out against the PND?
  3. If possible, please list the sources of the images that were searched against the PND (eg. body-worn video, dash-cam, etc)
  4. Does the force keep a record of how many of those facial recognition matches were correct? If so, please supply details.
  5. For each of the last three years, how many requests have the Force’s officers and staff made (under the Regulation of Investigative Powers Act 2000, or otherwise) to search Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter for images and/or video footage? Please give figures for each company if possible. How many of these requests have been granted?

CLARIFICTION

Re: Question 4 – if available, please supply data on the number of images that the Force has submitted to the facial recognition system for each of the last three years, the number of submitted images for which the facial recognition system claimed to have found a match, and if possible, the number of those matches which, on further investigation, turned out to be correct.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Response

  1. Does the force use the facial recognition technology available through the Police National Database (PND)?

West Midlands Police use the facial search facility on PND.

  1. Since the PND facial recognition technology was introduced (ie. for each of the last three years), how many facial recognition searches has the force carried out against the PND?

No separate record of searches is maintained – therefore this information is not held.

  1. If possible, please list the sources of the images that were searched against the PND (eg. body-worn video, dash-cam, etc)

This information is not held (see answer to question 2).

Question 4 – if available, please supply data on the number of images that the Force has submitted to the facial recognition system for each of the last three years, the number of submitted images for which the facial recognition system claimed to have found a match, and if possible, the number of those matches which, on further investigation, turned out to be correct.

This information is not held (see answer to question 2).

  1. For each of the last three years, how many requests have the Force’s officers and staff made (under the Regulation of Investigative Powers Act 2000, or otherwise) to search Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter for images and/or video footage? Please give figures for each company if possible. How many of these requests have been granted?

This information is exempt by virtue of:

Section 23(5) Information relating to the Security bodies;

Section 24(2) National Security;

Section 30(3) Investigations;

Section 31(3) Law enforcement;

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (11409_PIT_01).

No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have requested does or does not exist.

Attachments

11409_PIT_01

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