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Few Rules Govern Police Use of Facial-Recognition Technology
2018-05-23T01:35:17Z - Tom Simonite / Wired
The letter argues that the technology will inevitably be misused, accusing the company of providing “a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color.”The revelation highlights a key question: What laws or regulations govern police use of the facial-recognition technology? Cities and local departments can set their own policies and guidelines, but even some early adopters of the technology haven’t done so. The documents released Tuesday provide details about how Orlando, and the sheriff’s department of Oregon’s Washington County use Amazon’s facial recognition technology. Berkeley, California, recently approved an ordinance requiring certain transparency and consultation steps when procuring or using surveillance technology, including facial recognition. The neighboring city of Oakland recently passed its own law to place oversight on local use of surveillance technology.

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