On Thursday, U.S. Democrats introduced a new bill that would prohibit federal law enforcement from using facial recognition technology and make it harder for state and local police departments to use it,media reported. The Facial Recognition and Technology Suspended Act 2020 is sponsored by Senators Ed keyy Markey (Democrat-Massachusetts) and Jeff Merkley (Democrat-Oregon), Reps. Pramila Jayapla (Democrat-Washington), Ayanna Pressley (Democrat-Massachusetts) co-sputes.
“Facial recognition technology not only poses a serious threat to our privacy, it also poses a physical threat to black Americans and other minorities,” Markey said. As we strive to eliminate systemic racism that permeates every corner of society, we cannot ignore the harm caused by these technologies. “
The bill is understood to have been introduced amid widespread protests against police violence in the United States and around the world and growing controversy over facial recognition systems. Boston voted Wednesday to ban the use of facial recognition in the city, making it the second-largest city in the world to use facial recognition. California, New Hampshire and Oregon have banned the use of the technology in police body cameras, and Oakland and San Francisco have banned the use of the technology by city agencies.
In addition, the technology faces new legal challenges. Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Michigan filed an administrative complaint with the Detroit Police Department, saying it could be the first false arrest in the United States using facial recognition technology. According to the ACLU’s lawsuit, Detroit law enforcement believes a man named Robert Williams stole several watches from a local store in January last year after obtaining clues through facial recognition. Williams was arrested at his home in January and spent more than 30 hours in a detention facility outside Detroit.
The new bill would also direct lying directly at a federal program called Edward Byrne Memorial Memorial Justice Aid Grant Program, which provides millions of dollars to State and Local Law Enforcement and Corrections Programs in the United States. According to the program’s website, the program provided $264 million to the state police last year.
Despite the lack of support in Congress, the proposal would be a huge victory for privacy advocates. For years, these people have urged government departments to use biometric systems with caution. “Facial recognition is like nuclear or biological weapons,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for The Future, said in a statement Thursday. This inherently oppressive technology cannot be reformed or regulated. It should be abolished. “