Facial recognition

Legal Challenge: Ed Bridges v South Wales Police

We’re acting as solicitors for Ed Bridges, who’s challenging South Wales Police’s use of live facial recognition in public.

In the world’s first legal challenge to police use of this tech, Ed is arguing the force is breaching rights to privacy, data protection laws, and equality laws.

South Wales Police has used the tech on more than 60 occasions since May 2017 and may have taken sensitive facial biometric data from 500,000 people without their consent.

In September 2019, the High Court decided that while facial recognition does interfere with the privacy rights of everyone scanned, the current legal framework provides sufficient safeguards.

We disagree, and Ed is appealing against the judgment.

In November 2019, the Court of Appeal granted permission for Ed’s appeal on all grounds – the hearing will take place 23-25 June 2020.

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