“30+ Rights Groups Launch Campaign Demanding Law Enforcement Ban on ‘Authoritarian and Invasive’ Facial Recognition Technology”
“We need to ban this technology outright, treat it like biological or nuclear weapons, and prevent it from proliferating before it’s too late.”
“A diverse coalition of advocacy groups representing more than 15 million people launched a grassroots pressure campaign Thursday calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to completely ban law enforcement use of facial recognition technology, which the organizations warn is “spreading like an epidemic” and poses a dire threat to fundamental privacy rights.
“‘Facial recognition is one of the most authoritarian and invasive forms of surveillance ever created,’ said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future (FFTF), which is leading the campaign. ‘No amount of regulation can fix the dangers inherent in this form of Big Brother automaton. We need to ban this technology outright, treat it like biological or nuclear weapons, and prevent it from proliferating before it’s too late,'” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.
“Face surveillance technology gives government unprecedented power”
“Facial recognition systems are computer programs designed to analyze images of human faces to identify and track people at a distance, without their knowledge or consent. Behind closed doors, face surveillance companies are preying on our local governments, trying to use our families and communities as guinea pigs for their private financial gain. Private companies marketing this technology to government agencies boast that it can monitor people in real-time, reconstruct past movements from video footage, and uniquely identify hundreds of individuals from a single photo.
“Face surveillance technology gives the government unprecedented power to track who we are, where we go, what we do, and who we know. But in tech hubs from San Francisco to Somerville, the ACLU is fighting back—and we are winning,” by Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Technology for Liberty Program.