Police Need Court Order To Use ICBC Facial Recognition
BIOMETRICSFebruary 17, 2012
British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has ruled police cannot use Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) facial recognition technology to identify suspected Stanley Cup rioters without a court order, CBC News reports. Denham initiated the investigation after the ICBC offered Vancouver police access to the biometric software and driver's licence photographs in its database. Denham said, "While Vancouver police did not respond to ICBC's offer in this particular instance, the case raised important questions about the legality of biometric databases compiled by public agencies." The commissioner also ruled the ICBC failed to notify consumers that it uses facial recognition technology and is recommending proper notification, no warrantless sharing of information with law enforcement and a review of its privacy policies, the report states.