Democrats Re-Up Bill That Bans Government Use Of Facial Recognition

A group of Democratic lawmakers in both chambers of Congress reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would ban the use facial recognition technology by the federal government. The bill, called the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, was first introduced last summer. It would put into effect a moratorium on the use of facial recognition …

Amnesty Intl. Finds NYPD Can Use 15k Cameras For Facial Recognition

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has access to more than 15,000 cameras that they grab images from and feed into facial recognition software, a civil rights group has found. Amnesty International enlisted thousands of volunteers to investigate the use of facial recognition technology as part of a “Ban the Scan” campaign launched in …

Washington County Becomes The First To Ban Facial Recognition

King County, Washington became the first county in the country to ban government use of facial recognition technology. The King County Council voted unanimously in a 9-0 vote to pass the proposal to ban the technology. It joins a number of cities across the country like San Francisco, Oakland, Boston, Minneapolis, and others that have …

Post Office Using Facial Recognition as Part of Internet Surveillance

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is using a controversial facial recognition program as part of its recently uncovered covert surveillance efforts. As revealed by Yahoo News last month, the law enforcement arm for USPS, known as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), has been secretly monitoring social media platforms under its Internet Covert Operations Program …