Under new plans from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, seen by the news outlet, foreign offenders would reportedly have to scan their faces up to five times a day using devices equipped with the technology.
According to contract details on the UK government’s website,
“A non-fitted device solution will provide a more proportionate way of monitoring specific cohorts over extended periods of time than fitted tags,”
The Guardian reports the new scheme is set to be rolled out this autumn, and that it will entail “daily monitoring of individuals subject to immigration control,” according to viewed Home Office documents. Migrants who are told to wear a smartwatch (or an ankle tag) must do so at all times — those having to wear the devices will have been previously convicted of a criminal offense. Other migrants, such as asylum seekers, are not part of the scheme.
People wearing the devices will reportedly need to provide photographs of themselves taken with their designated device throughout the day. The government’s devices, the Guardian says, will store these photos and personal information for up to six years, including a person’s name, date of birth, and nationality. The wearer’s location will be tracked 24/7.
The data will reportedly be shared with the Ministry of Justice and the police in addition to the Home Office.
When contacted by Mashable, Buddi declined to comment.