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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): New technologies and the application of the law

Justice and Home Affairs Committee
New technologies and the application of the law

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Start times: 10.30am (private) 10.30am (public)


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Lords Committee questions experts on tools currently in use as part of its inquiry into new technologies and the application of the law

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee seeks to explore the use of advanced algorithmic tools in activities to discover, deter, rehabilitate, or punish people who breach the law.

 

Meeting details

At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry New technologies and the application of the law
Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School at The University of Birmingham
Director at Prison Reform Trust
Director at Big Brother Watch

Witnesses will discuss advanced algorithmic tools currently in use in England and Wales, such as the Digital Categorisation Service or facial recognition, and will locate them in their wider legal and constitutional context.

Possible questions

  • How proportionate is the use of these tools to the needs they are trying to address? How else could these needs be met?
  • When trying to strike a balance between using information to protect and avoiding infringements on liberty, what potential infringements should we consider?
  • How would you characterise the legal framework around advanced technologies in the justice system? What would you like to see?

Further information

Location

Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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