Accuracy and Facial Fecognition: What You Need To Know

One of the big debates about facial recognition is how accurate it is. It’s a debate we consciously didn’t explore in our BBC Click report. That’s because as soon as you start talking about accuracy you get into an important but very gnarly debate about statistics. However, given the amount of interest the story has…

The Police National Database (PND)

I spent a year following facial recognition’s rapid roll-out across the UK for BBC News. So-called “live”or “automated” systems are capable of instantly matching people who walk past a camera against a database of file photos. For the two police forces testing the technology, South Wales Police and the Met, that database is often drawn…

The Wild Hunt for the WannaCry Hackers

This report was first published as a three-part podcast series. On 12 May 2017, employees in Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica came under attack. Their computer monitors displayed a disturbing message: their files had been scrambled and to get them back they would have to pay the hackers who’d infected them. Telefonica wasn’t alone. The virus…