Police have used facial recognition technology to arrest a man for the first time in the UK.
The arrest was made May 31 but police didn’t release many details, probably because the investigation is ongoing.
South Wales Police have been trialling the technology, known as AFR (Automatic Facial Recognition), for the past 18 months. And UK police have been testing facial recognition technology for a while, raising privacy and security concerns among civil rights organisations and members of the public.
At the end of May, law enforcement announced a partnership with the company NEC to test AFR during the Champions League finals week in Cardiff. Trained officers monitored “the movement of people at strategic locations in and around the city centre”. Read more…