Budget for Spring at risk due to funding of legally uncertain police technology

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has allocated £230m to police forces for the implementation of productivity-boosting technologies. The funding will be used for the development of time and money-saving technology, such as live facial recognition, automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and the use of drones as potential first responders. A new Centre for Police Productivity will also be established to support the use of data and AI by police forces. However, concerns have been raised about the legality of current police deployments of certain technologies, such as facial recognition and the use of US-based cloud infrastructure. These concerns could undermine the effectiveness of the investment. The Home Office has not responded to these concerns.

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