Ban Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is unreliable, unjust, and a threat to basic rights and safety. There are more and more examples of government and law enforcement using this technology, which is why we need to act now to stop it. Send a message to your lawmakers to demand they support legislation to ban facial recognition.


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Participating Organizations

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Fight for the Future
Detroit Community Technology Project
Constitutional Alliance
Media Alliance
Oakland Privacy
Popular Resistance
18 Million Rising
Daily Kos
Consumer Action
Muslim Justice League
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Privacy Times
United We Dream
Greenpeace USA
Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
MPower Change
Secure Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Jewish Voices for Peace
Other 98%
San Francisco Public Defender’s Racial Justice Committee
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
New York Civil Liberties Union
Athena Coalition

Regulation is not enough

Like nuclear or biological weapons, facial recognition poses a threat to human society and basic liberty that far outweighs any potential benefits. Silicon Valley lobbyists are disingenuously calling for light “regulation” of facial recognition so they can continue to profit by rapidly spreading this surveillance dragnet. They’re trying to avoid the real debate: whether technology this dangerous should even exist. Industry-friendly and government-friendly oversight will not fix the dangers inherent in law enforcement's use of facial recognition: we need an all-out ban.

It’s broken

Facial recognition surveillance programs identify the wrong person up to 98% of the time. These errors have real-world impacts, including harassment, wrongful imprisonment, and deportation.

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It’s invasive

Law enforcement officers frequently search facial recognition databases without warrants—or even reasonable suspicion that you’ve done anything wrong. This violates the Fourth Amendment ... and our basic human rights.

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It’s unjust

Facial recognition software programmatically misidentifies people of color, women, and children —supercharging discrimination and putting vulnerable people at greater risk of systemic abuse.

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It’s vulnerable

Once our biometric information is collected and stored in government databases, it’s an easy target for identity thieves or state-sponsored hackers. Successful attacks have already happened, and will only grow more commonplace as government surveillance expands.

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It’s dangerous

Police officers across the United States routinely abuse confidential databases to spy on exes, business partners, neighbors, and journalists.

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It threatens our future

Facial recognition is unlike any other form of surveillance. It enables automated and ubiquitous monitoring of an entire population, and it is nearly impossible to avoid. If we don’t stop it from spreading, it will be used not to keep us safe, but to control and oppress us—just as it is already being used in authoritarian states.

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Where is facial recognition happening?

Facial recognition software is already being used across America. Thankfully, laws are being proposed and passed to stop the spread of this dangerous technology. Click on the map below to see what’s happening near you, and to learn how you can help this important cause.

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Congressional Scoreboard

We’re tracking who really supports banning facial recognition.

Send a message to legislators highlighted in red to call on them to protect our safety, our privacy, and our essential rights by sponsoring the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020, or to thank them if they’re already sponsoring. If you don’t have Twitter, you can send a message directly to your legislators.

What can I do?

San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Berkeley, CA, and Somerville, MA have already passed local ordinances banning facial recognition. Sign up now to help kickstart more local & state-level efforts:

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And don’t forget to spread the word on social media so that your friends and family know that use of this dangerous technology is spreading across the country.