Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has written to the King’s Cross Central development asking for reassurance its use of facial-recognition technology is legal.
Argent, the developer of the 67-acre (0.3-sq-km) web site, has aforementioned biometric identification is being employed to “ensure public safety”.
But mr Khan wrote there was “serious and widespread concern” regarding the lawfulness of facial-recognition cameras.
And he has caught up new laws to clarify however the technology is used.
Argent has declined to mention however long the biometric identification cameras are operational, what the legal basis is for his or her use, or what systems it’s in situ to safeguard the information it collects.
A spokesperson for Argent has said: “These cameras use variety of detection and pursuit ways, as well as biometric identification, however even have subtle systems in situ to safeguard the privacy of the final public.”
The King’s Cross Central development is home to each King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations, similarly as restaurants, outlets and cafes.
There are offices occupied by corporations like Google and Central Saint Martins faculty.
In his letter to Argent’s Henry Martyn Robert Evans, the chief govt of the King’s Cross development, mister Khan aforementioned public areas ought to be “open, unengaged to use and supply the best level of public access”.
He requested additional info regarding however biometric identification cameras were being employed, similarly as “reassurance that you simply are liaising with government ministers and also the info commissioner’s workplace (ICO) to make sure its use is absolutely compliant”.
Ben Robson, a partner at Oury Clark solicitors, said mistreatment biometric identification was a “high-risk” choice for businesses, given the privacy implications the technology conferred.
“The law states that biometric information, as well as facial information for identification functions, should be prohibited to a better normal than different varieties of less sensitive personal info, and also the info commissioner has publically indicated that this space is high on the list of her priorities,” he said.