Police used an interpreting company that recruited unqualified translators even after a criminal trial collapsed because one of its linguists told a suspect what to say.
Interpreting firm is stripped of its police contract after 'unqualified' translators caused court delays and led one case to collapse when an employee told a teenage suspect 'not to say too much' to officers.
Unqualified police interpreters have cost the public thousands of pounds by causing court delays and in one instance the collapse of a case, the BBC has learned.
This week Google unveiled an “interpreter mode” for its smart speakers, which can translate 27 languages in real time. I tried it out at Google’s base at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in which I was put in front of an Italian speaker. On first impressions it’s hard to fault the technology, but at the same time, I’m not convinced that this is the future.