Incident 309: Facial Recognition Trial Performed Poorly at Notting Hill Carnival

Description: The facial recognition trial by London’s Metropolitan Police Service at the Notting Hill Carnival reportedly performed poorly with a high rate of false positives.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Metropolitan Police Service, which harmed Notting Hill Carnival goers.

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Metropolitan Police’s use of Facial Recognition Technology at the Notting Hill Carnival, 2017 · 2017

This kind of biometric technology (Facial Recognition Technology) has the potential to be a really useful crime fighting tool but we are not there yet. It needs to be properly tested and evaluated if it is going to be effective and it will …

Police facial recognition trial led to 'erroneous arrest' · 2017

The controversial trial of facial recognition equipment at Notting Hill Carnival resulted in roughly 35 false matches and an 'erroneous arrest', highlighting questions about police use of the technology.

The system only produced a single ac…

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed · 2018

London cops' facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital's police force has made no arrests using it, figures published today revealed.

According to informati…

Don’t Believe the Algorithm · 2018

The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s largest street party. A celebration of black British culture, it attracts up to two million revelers, and thousands of police. At last year’s event, the Metropolitan Police Service of London deployed a …


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