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TechnologyFacial recognition tech misidentified 26 California lawmakers as criminals

17:30  14 august  2019
17:30  14 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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The ACLU tested Rekognition, Amazon's facial recognition technology , on photographs of California lawmakers . In a recent test of Amazon's facial recognition software, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California revealed that it mistook 26 California lawmakers as people arrested for

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The ACLU, which wants to ban facial recognition technology in police body cameras, says that its own tests of the technology mistakenly flagged 26 California lawmakers as criminals. More than half of those falsely identified were people of color. The experiment follows a similar test conducted last year, where 28 members of Congress -- the majority also people of color -- were mistakenly identified as criminals.

Facial recognition tech misidentified 26 California lawmakers as criminals

At a press conference, San Francisco assembly member Phil Ting -- who was also falsely identified during the test -- said that the experiment "reinforces the fact that facial recognition software is not ready for prime time – let alone for use in body cameras worn by law enforcement."

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Three San Francisco Democrats were among 26 California legislators who were wrongly identified as suspected criminals using the Amazon’s facial recognition technology , according to results from a test released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Rekognition software — facial recognition tech currently being used by US law enforcement — in which it incorrectly identified 26 California lawmakers as matches in a criminal database. We’ll pause while you chuckle at the “politicians are criminals ” jokes running through your head.

He said, "While we can laugh about it as legislators it's no laughing matter if you're an individual trying to get a job, trying to get a home. If you're falsely accused, what happens? It impacts your ability to get a job, to get housing. There are real people that this can impact."

Ting and the ACLU have co-sponsored AB 1215, also known as The Body Camera Accountability Act, which prohibits the use of facial recognition and biometric surveillance systems in police body cameras. If the bill is passed, California will become the largest state to ban the technology in body cameras -- New Hampshire and Oregon both banned it in 2017.

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By Jacob Snow, Technology & Civil Liberties Attorney, ACLU of Northern California . Amazon’s face surveillance technology is the target of growing opposition nationwide, and today, there are 28 more causes for concern. In a test the ACLU recently conducted of the facial recognition tool, called

Rekognition software — facial recognition tech currently being used by US law enforcement — in which it incorrectly identified 26 California lawmakers as matches in a criminal database. We’ll pause while you chuckle at the “politicians are criminals ” jokes running through your head.

While some law enforcement agencies believe facial recognition technology in body cameras is a necessary policing tool, the ACLU maintains its use would be a "disaster for communities and their civil rights." According to Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties attorney at ACLU, "The spread of facial recognition body cameras in California neighborhoods would be a massive public safety hazard." He added that, "Even if this technology was accurate, which it is not, face recognition-enabled body cameras would facilitate massive violations of Californians' civil rights."

AB 1215 was first introduced in February and approved by the California Assembly in May. According to the ACLU it is set to be voted on in the California Senate in the coming weeks.

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