London Metropolitan Police’s Facial Recognition Still has an 81% Error Rate12

Any advancement in the technology world needs to be applauded. This is true even when it comes to disruptive yet controversial technologies such as facial recognition. The London Metropolitan Police has been using this technology for some time now and is noting some progress. Only eight in ten technology-based “hits” are incorrect, which is a notable improvement compared to several months ago.

Anyone who lives in the United Kingdom may have kept tabs on how the London Metropolitan Police has begun experimenting with facial recognition technology. While this technology was heralded as a great step forward to streamlining investigations, it has not been a successful venture by any means. In fact, the initial report issued in May 2019 confirms 96% of “matches” generated by the facial recognition technology were incorrect, which is an astonishing figure.

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