The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to police forces using facial recognition systems, despite growing concern about the technology.

The Home Secretary said that it was important that police made use of the latest tools to help them solve crimes, the BBC reported.

His endorsement comes after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this week warned that any organisation using facial recognition technology, and which then scans large databases of people to check for a match, is processing personal data, and that “the potential threat to privacy should concern us all.”

A number of police forces are currently trailing the use of the technology, including the Met in London.

Live facial recognition (LFR) technology is also being used by South Wales Police, who in 2017 used facial recognition software at the Champions League Final in Cardiff to scan the face of every fan attending the game.

And the use of facial recognition systems by South Wales police in shopping centres is also currently under judicial review.

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