Ban Facial Recognition

Facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety. Fill out the form below to tell your Congressional and local lawmakers to ban the government from using this dangerous technology.

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MEDIA JUSTICE
RESTORE THE FOURTH
DEFENDING RIGHTS AND DISSENT
COLOR OF CHANGE
DEMAND PROGRESS
FREE PRESS
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
MIJENTE
OPEN MEDIA
EPIC
X-Lab
Fight for the Future
Detroit Community Technology Project
Constitutional Alliance
RootsAction
Media Alliance
Oakland Privacy
Popular Resistance
18 Million Rising
CAIR
Presente
Daily Kos
Consumer Action
Muslim Justice League
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Privacy Times
United We Dream
MoveOn
Greenpeace USA
Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
MPower Change
Secure Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Tor

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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What can I do?

San Francisco, CA, Oakland, 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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