First Legal Challenge on facial recognition

Ed Bridges has launched the first major legal challenge over South Wales Police’s use of the equipment after his picture was taken while shopping.


He crowdfunded a legal challenge against South Wales Police after his face was scanned in public. As the world’s first case against the controversial technology concluded, two leading judges dismissed the case brought by human rights campaign group Liberty on behalf of Ed Bridges.

在他的脸被公开扫描后,他集资向南威尔士警方提出法律挑战。 世界上首例针对这项有争议的技术的案件已经结案,两名主要法官驳回了人权运动组织”自由”代表埃德·布里奇斯提起的诉讼。

Lord Justice Haddon-Cave, sitting with Mr Justice Swift, concluded that South Wales Police’s use of live facial recognition “met the requirements of the Human Rights Act”. Speaking in the High Court, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave said “the current legal regime is adequate to ensure the appropriate and non-arbitrary use of AFR Locate” – the facial recognition technology used by South Wales Police.


“This sinister technology undermines our privacy and I will continue to fight against its unlawful use to ensure our rights are protected and we are free from disproportionate government surveillance,” Bridges said in a statement. Liberty lawyer Megan Goulding said: “This disappointing judgment does not reflect the very serious threat that facial recognition poses to our rights and freedoms.


Automatic facial recognition (AFR) technology maps faces in a crowd by measuring the distance between facial features then compares results with images on a “watch list”. The information commissioner is described as an “intervener” in the review, but is not a complainant.

自动面部识别 (AFR) 技术通过测量面部特征之间的距离来映射人群中的面部,然后将结果与”观察名单”上的图像进行比较。 信息专员在审查中被描述为”介入者”,但并非投诉人。