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  • Testing equipment to make Heathrow faster and safer

    We're running a series of tests and assessments on biometric cameras and face-recognition systems in Departures until December 2019.

    Don't want to take part?
    The tests, which run till the end of 2019, are voluntary, and we will request your consent to take part as required. If you don't want to take part, just let us know.

    The tests

    The assessments will take place in various locations and at different times. If you come across one when you next travel through Heathrow, we'll be there to answer your questions. Some tests are helping us automate systems which will make Heathrow faster and more efficient. Others are helping us make Heathrow safer.

    Your data and privacy

    UK Border Force already uses biometric data and facial-recognition software at Heathrow for immigration purposes, for example in our e-gates for arrivals, and for domestic travellers departing from Heathrow.
    The current tests do not link with any existing systems. We're using the data we capture purely to evaluate how well the equipment works. We will delete all test data within 30 days.
    If you have any questions about the use of your information, before or after you travel, please email