Face Recognition Technology
Facial recognition systems are built on computer programs that analyze images of human faces for the purpose of identifying them. Unlike many other biometric systems, facial recognition can be used for general surveillance in combination with public video cameras, and it can be used in a passive way that doesn’t require the knowledge, consent, or participation of the subject.
The biggest danger is that this technology will be used for general, suspicionless surveillance systems. State motor vehicles agencies possess high-quality photographs of most citizens that are a natural source for face recognition programs and could easily be combined with public surveillance or other cameras in the construction of a comprehensive system of identification and tracking.
ACLU of Washington Calls on Mayor Jenny Durkan to Ban Face Recognition Technology after the Seattle Police Department’s Apparent Violation of the City’s Surveillance OrdinancePress ReleaseDecember 2, 2020
Portland City Council Unanimously Passes Face Surveillance Ban, but Without Important Enforcement ProvisionsPress ReleaseAugust 4, 2020
- Press ReleaseJuly 10, 2020
NYCLU Sues New York State Education Department over Approval of Facial Recognition System in LockportPress ReleaseJune 23, 2020
Microsoft Says it Supports Racial Justice. Will it Refuse to Power Discriminatory Police Surveillance?NewsJune 10, 2020
- NewsJune 7, 2019
Florida Is Using Facial Recognition to Convict People Without Giving Them a Chance to Challenge the TechNewsMarch 12, 2019
- NewsMay 22, 2018