Technology California's new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition

06:50  09 october  2019
06:50  09 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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California lawmakers on Thursday temporarily banned state and local law enforcement from using facial - recognition software in body cameras , as the most populous US state takes action against the technology.

The new law makes California the largest SACRAMENTO — Civil liberties advocates are declaring victory after California became the latest state to block police from using facial recognition technology in Police and facial - recognition advocates say officers could use the technology as a

In August, backers of California's Body Camera Accountability Act pointed out a test of facial recognition software that identified 26 state lawmakers as criminals. They argued it showed the flaws of such technology, and now Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB1215 into law, preventing law enforcement in the state from "installing, activating, or using any biometric surveillance system in connection with an officer camera or data collected by an officer camera" through 2023.

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The bill's sponsor, Phil Ting said of facial recognition tech, "It's not ready for prime time, as it falsely matches innocent people with mugshots, including me." ACLU technology and civil liberties attorney Matt Cagle said "With this law, California has acted boldly to stem the expansion of a surveillance state that presents an unprecedented threat to our rights and liberties. ace-scanning police body cameras have no place on our streets, where they can be used for dragnet and discriminatory surveillance of people going about their private lives, including their locations and personal associations."

Phil Ting (Twitter), ACLU

Facebook built a facial recognition app for employees .
The app could identify employees and their friends who had enabled facial recognition, Facebook said.Business Insider, citing anonymous sources, reported that employees developed the facial recognition app between 2015 and 2016. The app was never released to the public and has been discontinued, according to the report. One source told Business Insider that one version of the app could identify anyone on the social network if there was enough data to do so, but Facebook disputed that claim.

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