Facial-recognition software inaccurate in 98% of cases, report finds

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by Claire Reilly of c|net

Facial recognition may not be the high-tech policing solution it’s purported to be, with new figures showing facial-recognition software used by the UK’s Metropolitan Police returned incorrect matches in 98 percent of cases.

According to figures published by The Independent (based on data obtained under freedom of information), only two of the 104 alerts generated by the facial-recognition software used by Met Police were found to be accurate matches.

The Independent also reports software used by South Wales Police has returned more than 2,400 false positives since June 2017.

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