SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2019) – An ordinance introduced in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would set the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies and ban the use of facial recognition technology in the city. Continue reading San Francisco Ordinance Would Take on the Surveillance State and Ban Facial Recognition
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
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
The state of New York is using facial recognition cameras to identify drivers and passengers at toll booths. Continue reading New York Using Facial Recognition to ID Drivers and Passengers at Toll Booths
After an outcry over reports that law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology marketed by Amazon to profile people in real time, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society.” Continue reading Tech Foundation Claims Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Is “Patriotic”
The federal government continues to find new and creative ways to obtain information for its massive and ever-expanding biometric database, Continue reading State Background Checks for Daycare Providers Part of Growing Federal Biometric Surveillance System
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.
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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.