BREAKING: Congress just introduced a bill that would effectively ban law enforcement use of facial recognition. Send a message now to tell your members of Congress that facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, unjust, and a threat to basic rights and safety, and they should support the legislation to stop facial recognition!
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.
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.
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.
Facial recognition software programmatically misidentifies people of color, women, and children —supercharging discrimination and putting vulnerable people at greater risk of systemic abuse.
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.
Police officers across the United States routinely abuse confidential databases to spy on exes, business partners, neighbors, and journalists.
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.
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.
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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