OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Bills introduced in the Washington state legislature would ban the warrantless use of facial recognition technology in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Washington Bills Would Ban the Warrantless Use of Facial Recognition Technology
Four years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created “Rapid DNA” whose sole mission was to create a biometric database of everyone. Continue reading Police Use DHS Tech to Create DNA Databases of “Suspicious People”
To everyone that thinks secret watchlists are nothing more than a conspiracy theory, I give you, law enforcement’s secret public safety watchlists. Continue reading Hundreds of Police Departments Have Secretly Created Public Safety Watchlists Using Facial Recognition
LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 25, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Michigan House would establish reasonable protections for residents relating to facial recognition and biometrics technology. The legislation would not only safeguard privacy rights in the state, it would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.
WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2017) – The federal government plans to use a TSA program advertised as a way to avoid lines at airport security checkpoints to harvest photos and other biometric information that will ultimately end up in multiple federal databases.
As you walk down a city street, you pass by a camera inconspicuously perched on top of a utility pole. Instantly, the device captures an image of your face and runs it against a database containing millions of photos. Within seconds, the system identifies you and logs your location. Should your name be flagged for any reason (or perhaps you resemble a miscreant) police immediately descend on you and haul you away.
This may sound like a scenario of of a George Orwell novel, but law enforcement agencies across the United States have already developed these kinds of surveillance systems, and facial recognition technology continues to proliferate rapidly. The implementation and expansion of face recognition systems often happen without any oversight or even public disclosure, creating the potential for the type of constant monitoring Big Brother only dreamed about.