‘Ethics and Facial Recognition Technology’ at Global MSC Security Conference 2019

Global MSC Security has announced that Allyson MacVean, Professor of Policing and Criminology at Bath Spa University, will give a presentation on ‘Ethics and Facial Recognition Technology: A Potent Cocktail for Success or Disaster?’ at the 2019 edition of the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, for which Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner. Professor MacVean joins a speaker programme that also includes the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB MSyl. The event takes place on Tuesday 12 November in Bristol.

In her presentation, Professor MacVean will consider how the potential for facial recognition technology is immense. From law enforcement through to medical applications, its uses can create safer, secure environments and save lives. Yet little has been explored in relation to the legality or ethics of such technology.

The public interest in police techniques to ensure safety and security is vested in having impartial, properly informed and fairly operated systems. However, public legitimacy for facial recognition technology is perceived to be unjustifiable on the grounds of being morally problematic.

Topical and polarising subject matter

Derek Maltby, managing director of Global MSC Security, stated: “The use of facial recognition is highly topical and polarising. Only recently, the High Court in Cardiff ruled that the use of automated facial recognition by South Wales Police was consistent with the requirements of the Human Rights Act and data protection legislation. This led the Biometrics Commissioner to call for an open public debate on the use of such technologies.”

Derek Maltby

Derek Maltby

Maltby added: “The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition represents an important milestone in this debate, putting local Government, law enforcement, policy-makers and technology vendors in one room to have an open discussion regarding how to strike the balance of what’s possible and what’s acceptable.”

The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition takes place at the Bristol Hotel. An exhibition preview will open on the afternoon of Monday 11 November, followed by a gala charity dinner that will raise money for The Lily Foundation. The winner of the 2019 Gordon McLanaghan Award for Security Innovation will also be unveiled.

The conference takes place on Tuesday 12 November and is free-to-attend for delegates and end users, with members of The Security Institute able to receive double Continuing Professional Development points for attending.

The event is supported by Genetec as headline sponsor. They are joined by Synectics, Bosch, the DSSL Group, Milestone Systems and 360 Vision Technology.

*For more information and to register visit: https://www.globalmsc.net/seminars-2/

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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