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California Temporarily Bans Face Recognition Tech on Police Body Cams
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Quote:The bill, AB-1215, bars state and local law enforcement from using facial recognition technology on body camera footage, both in real-time and upon later review. Though there is one exception: If police release these videos to the public, they can use the software to blur faces for privacy reasons, per Reuters. An earlier draft proposed a seven-year ban but, according to Reuters, this was shortened to three years over “concerns that the technology might greatly improve.” The legislation secured the state Senate’s support earlier this week and will go into effect in 2020 pending approval from Governor Gavin Newsom.
 
Critics of this technology argue it stands to seriously threaten Americans’ civil rights and civil liberties if used by police in its current state, particularly among people of color since it’s [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] with darker skin tones. At this point, facial recognition software often can’t even [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] between legislators and suspected criminals.
 
U.S. law enforcement agencies have also already proven that a new gadget isn’t going to buck their [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] of systemic abuse. Several departments have already been caught using facial recognition technology in highly questionable and [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register], such as using edited photos, forensic sketches, or celebrity lookalikes to search for suspects.
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