Jun 25, 2020 | Source |
BREAKING: Congress just introduced a bill that would effectively ban law enforcement use of facial recognition. Send a message now to tell your members of Congress that facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, unjust, and a threat to basic rights and safety, and they should support the legislation to stop facial recognition!
Facial recognition surveillance is biased, invasive, and it violates my basic rights. I urge you to pass legislation that bans the government from using this dangerous technology to spy on the American public. Thank you. Sign Now
Members of Congress just introduced a bill to ban facial recognition!1
Today, Senators Markey and Merkley and Representatives Jayapal and Pressley introduced the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020 in the Senate and House that effectively bans law enforcement and government use of facial recognition.
This is really amazing, has been years in the making, and could not have come at a better time. Facial recognition is a uniquely dangerous form of surveillance that is already being used by law enforcement agencies across the country, and doing harm to communities right now. It automates discriminatory policing and exacerbates existing injustices in our deeply racist criminal justice system. Just this week news broke about Robert Williams, a Black man in Detroit who was wrongfully arrested in front of his wife and children and held for 30 hours after being falsely identified by facial recognition technology.2,3
Facial recognition is unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety. The only way to keep it from hurting more people is by banning its use.
Together, and against facial recognition
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3. New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/technology/facial-recognition-arrest.html
‘‘Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020’’
“To prohibit biometric surveillance by the Federal Government without explicit statutory authorization and to withhold certain Federal public safety grants from State and local governments that engage in biometric surveillance.”