UK Home Office secretly plans to push facial recognition into retail sector


The UK Home Office has drawn up secret plans to draft a letter lobbying the Information Commissioner's Office to allow the privately held company Facewatch's matching service to spread into retail shops and supermarkets across Britain in order to curb shoplifting. The strategy was agreed in a meeting between Facewatch, policing minister Chris Philip, and senior Home Office officials. It is not known what contact, if any, between the Home Office and the ICO followed the meeting.

Publication: Guardian

Writer: Mark Townsend