Ground-breaking biometric research has shown that the freely available facial recognition search engines used by social networking sites such as Facebook and Picasa are as accurate as some specialist biometric systems sold to government agencies, such as police forces.
A British company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo entering the UK using the technique known as "risk profiling".
Borderpol's inaugural conference and expo, co-hosted by the UK's Border Force, was held in central London, last week. Keynote speeches were delivered by Mark Harper the UK Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Tony Smith, the interim Director General of the UK's Border Force.
The cost of moving the Met’s national responsibility for counter-terrorism into the hands of the National Crime Agency (NCA) may be difficult to justify, the force’s Commissioner has said. Cmr Bernard Hogan-Howe told the Home Affairs Select Committee that the potential transfer of the ‘crucial’ portfolio to the soon to be formed NCA could be expensive.