On Thursday, two senators introduced a bill to limit the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology. As an important issue of bipartisan concern, it has sparked public opinion on issues such as facial recognition-related surveillance and privacy freedoms. The Facial Recognition Technology Authorization Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, and Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, aims to limit the ongoing surveillance of facial recognition technologies by agencies such as the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. For example, without obtaining an arrest warrant, the tracking of an individual must not exceed 72 hours.
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“The current federal government lacks uniform regulations on how, when, and where facial recognition technology is used, and this bipartisan bill is designed to ensure that law enforcement has the tools necessary to ensure public safety, while also safeguarding the fourth amendment’s right to privacy,” Chris Coons said in a statement. To strike the right balance between the two parties”.
The proposed bill also provides for various uses of facial recognition technology to minimize data collection for individuals. Previously, the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology was virtually unregulated, allowing agencies to collect portrait databases.
The FBI has one of the largest facial recognition databases, collecting more than 641 million portraits of U.S. citizens from driver’s licenses and passports. This data is usually accessible to law enforcement officials without giving any reason or applying for authorization.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has also been scanning millions of Americans’ photo of their documents for facial recognition searches. “Facial recognition technology can be called a powerful tool for law enforcement officers, but this power is also vulnerable to abuse,” Mike Lee said in a statement. That’s why U.S. citizens should be protected from the effects of technology abuse.”
But critics say the proposal does not adequately limit the use of facial recognition technology, but imposes only narrow rules on surveillance technology.
Evan Greer, deputy at Fight for the Future, said: “There have been huge loopholes in facial recognition technology that can be abused without proper judicial oversight. I’m glad Congress is intent on addressing this issue, but the bill itself is not enough.”