UK police start using face recognition software to catch criminals

British police officers have this week started using facial recognition software designed to automatically identify criminals from digital images. Police in Leicestershire become the first in the UK to test NEC’s NeoFace software, which the force says is capable of comparing any digital image of a suspect with photos held on its database, by comparing “dozens of measurements” against key facial features.

The force says the new software, which it has been evaluating for several months, cuts down on the amount of time officers need to spend sifting its database of more than 90,000 photos for possible matches. The method will soon be copied across the Atlantic ocean — the FBI is set to deploy its own facial recognition system, called Next…

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