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Facial Recognition (12393/19)


As per: where a letter, dated 14 June 2019, from Nick Hurd MP states:

“We know that LFR [live facial recognition] trials are intended to commence to find missing and vulnerable persons, which is a collaboration between the Home Office and police forces (Kent and West Midlands, British Transport Police).”

1) Please advice when and where such trials will occur with West Midlands Police.

2) Please provide any Data Protection Impact Assessment for these trials.

3) Please advise when the decision for these trials to go ahead was.

4) Please supply documents of any minutes of meetings, emails or any communications with the Home Office or other bodies, i.e. commercial entities (which may involved redaction) or for example the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Biometric Commissioner, Law Enforcement Facial Images and New Biometric Oversight and Advisory board, etc, involved in these trials.

5) Please advise the company who will be supplying the LFR hardware and software.

6) Please supply or advise any research or work that has prompted the use of live facial recognition to find “missing and vulnerable persons”.


Please find attached our response.

In addition to the attached response, West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 24(2) – National security

Section 31(3) – Law enforcement

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure for Section 24 and Section 31, please find this PIT (12393_PIT_01) attached.