Julian Hayes quoted in PrivSec Report on Facial Recognition Technology

Julian Hayes quoted in PrivSec Report on Facial Recognition Technology

BCL partner Julian Hayes speaks with PrivSec Report about the Information Commissioner’s Office approach to the use of facial recognition technology.

Here’s an extract from the article:

“The UK data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office is “not seeking to curtail its use completely,” Julian Hayes says, following the ICO’s official opinion on the Bridges case regarding the use of facial recognition technology (FRT).

“A gradualist path is likely to achieve longer term “buy-in” from legislators and the wider public, ensuring the crime-fighting benefits of the FRT are counter-balanced with due regard for concerns about its impact on privacy and the current limitations of the algorithms it employs,” added Hayes, who is Head of Data Protection & Privacy Group at BCL Solicitors.”

“Julian Hayes commented:

“The Information Commissioner (ICO), who intervened in Mr Bridges’ case, yesterday released an official opinion following the court decision, reining-in initial enthusiasm that the judgment may have engendered amongst law enforcement agencies who saw the decision as a green light for widespread deployment of FRT as a crime-fighting panacea.”

This article was originally published by PrivSec 1st/11/19. You can read the full article on their site.



Julian Hayes is a partner specialising in all aspects of corporate crime and regulatory work. As well as dealing with high profile fraud and corruption matters, including investigations with an international dimension, he has considerable experience of advising corporates on data protection and cybercrime issues.