The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has never been a supporter of facial recognition technology, especially when it is used by authorities or police organizations, foreign media reported. They have criticized the practice in the past and even tested it themselves to prove how dangerous and inaccurate the technology is. Now, the agency will once again fight for the privacy of U.S. citizens.
The civil liberties group has taken the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to court in the hope that they will eventually force them to disclose their use of facial recognition technology. The ACLU has tried in the past to obtain such information through the Freedom of Information Act but has made no progress — and it’s clear that the organization believes that full litigation is the only way out.
Kade Crockford of the ACLU said the focus of legal action was on transparency. “Without transparency, there can be no accountability. The public has a right to know when, where, how to use facial recognition technology, and what protective measures are available, if any, to protect our rights. “
In addition, Crockford went on to point out that this “dystopian” surveillance technology treats citizens as suspects, tracked and monitored around the clock by the government.
However, it is unclear whether the ACLU will ultimately be able to meet their demands, as they always seem to have a way out of trouble when they are subject to legal investigations.