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In a landmark victory for digital privacy, last month Police Scotland shelved plans to deploy facial recognition technology. The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing concluded the technology was “not fit” for use because of how it discriminates based on gender and race. However, Scotland stands alone in the UK in taking this decision. Innocent people simply going about their day are however still being scanned elsewhere up and down the country and having their facial biometric data stored and often misidentified. Other data extraction and surveillance techniques are also used throughout the UK that greatly impact on our rights to privacy and can thus impact on our freedom of movement, communication and thought.
Silkie Carlo (Director of Big Brother Watch) will be talking on facial recognition technology use in public spaces in the UK, especially the Met Police in London, and what that means for people’s liberty. She will also discuss some of the work that Big Brother Watch does in investigating, testing and campaigning against this form of intrusion.
Matthew Rice (Scotland Director of Open Rights Group) will discuss this new decision taken by Police Scotland and also ORG’s role in holding back Police Scotland’s use of mass surveillance tools.
Millie Graham Wood (Solicitor at Privacy International) will discuss police use of IMSI catchers to intercept mobile communication.
Jibunnessa Abdullah (Lead Organiser of ORG Glasgow)
Please join us for an interesting and thought provoking evening of talks that straddle areas of technology, law, ethics and activism.