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Police removed more than 200,000 photos from facial recognition database

Police removed 218,000 photos from the facial recognition database last year. That database contains more than 2.6 million photos of suspects and perpetrators of a crime that carries a prison sentence of more than one year. The photos are taken immediately after arrest.

Research by NU.nl previously showed that there may be tens of thousands of people in the database incorrectly. The police acknowledged that there is doubt about this. So now 218,000 photos have been deleted. It is not clear how many unique people are involved.

Photos should be removed from the database if a suspect is found to be innocent. But it is not clear how quickly the police will remove those photos from the system. Photos of perpetrators remain in the system for decades.

Notification at match

The database, Catch, compares photos of already known suspects and perpetrators with photos of new suspects that are, for example, on images from security cameras. If a match is discovered, the police will be notified and the photos will be further investigated.

The system was used last year in, among other things, domestic burglaries, assault and threats. In 2020, 1046 photos were passed through the system, 112 of which were a match.

Police removed more than 200,000 photos from facial recognition database
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