Automatic facial recognition - Notting Hill Carnival (6)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What criteria were used to place people on the 'watch lists' for a) human recognisers, and b) automatic facial recognition software, to monitor the attendees of Notting Hill Carnival 2017? What was the total number of people on a) both, and b) each of these watch lists?


Answer for Automatic facial recognition - Notting Hill Carnival (6)

Answer for Automatic facial recognition - Notting Hill Carnival (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Human recognisers were provided with images of gang members who had bail or licence conditions not to attend Carnival, were habitual gun or knife carriers wanted by police and were expected to attend Carnival based on intelligence. Images of non-gang members were also provided where intelligence linked named individuals to drug or theft offences. In total, 400 images were provided to the human recognisers, with 20 more images added each day as intelligence developed.

The images used by the facial recognition software were drawn from wanted individuals who from crime analysis and intelligence were considered a risk or threat to the safety of individuals attending carnival. Therefore, the "watch list" consisted of individuals wanted for sexual offences, theft, violence and public order offences as well as those with bail or court conditions not to attend.  The total number of people on this list was 524.