A recently released report from the Center for Privacy and Technology is calling attention to the growing danger of facial recognition software.
Georgetown Law University’s Center for Privacy and Technology has released a new report detailing how law enforcement is using facial recognition software without the knowledge or consent of the people. The report, “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America,” examines several cases of misuse or abuse of facial recognition technology.
The researchers filed more than 100 public records requests to police departments around the nation. The team found that one in two American adults has their image in a facial recognition database, including law enforcement in 26 states who use facial recognition in combination with drivers license and ID pictures. Sixteen of those states give the Federal Bureau of Investigations access to their Department of Motor Vehicles databases.
Even with the lack of accountability, the authors of the report put their faith in law enforcement and do not believe the increase in facial scanning is related to the erection of a police and surveillance state.
Instead, the team hopes that the report offers an understanding of “the very real risks that face recognition creates.” The report calls for Congress and state legislatures to fix the issue through legislation and regulation.
Following the release of the Georgetown report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a coalition of privacy groups called on the the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division to put facial recognition “in check.” The coalition is calling on the DOJ and FBI to expand current investigations into whether the use of surveillance tech like facial recognition has a disparate impact on neighborhoods of color.
The report also mentions the FBI’s fingerprint and DNA databases as a source of concern. “By running face recognition searches against 16 states’ driver’s license photo databases, the FBI has built a biometric network that primarily includes law-abiding Americans. This is unprecedented and highly problematic,” the researchers write.
In May, Activist Post reported that the FBI is attempting to suppress information about their massive database which contains fingerprints, palm prints, iris, voice, and face scans, as well as other biometric data, of millions of Americans. The FBI, the DOJ, and local law enforcement all same determined to keep the public in the dark concerning the full extent of domestic surveillance and monitoring via biometric tools like facial recognition software. It is up to every free heart and mind to continue shining a light in the darkness.
Protect your face, protect your identity, and expose the Surveillance State.
Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2
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