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California bans regulation enforcement from utilizing facial recognition software program for the subsequent three years

California lawmakers at present handed a invoice putting a three-year state-wide moratorium on using facial recognition expertise by regulation enforcement businesses.

AB 1215, The Physique Digital camera Accountability Act, was launched earlier this 12 months by assemblymember Phil Tang, a Democrat. Each San Francisco and Oakland beforehand handed related payments stopping using facial recognition by regulation enforcement businesses, now the ban’s gone state-wide.

The invoice goes into impact on 1 January, 2020, and shall be reviewed beneath a “sundown provision” in 2023.

Tang, in keeping with an ACLU assertion, says the invoice will shield Californians:

With out my invoice, facial recognition expertise primarily turns physique cameras right into a 24-hour surveillance software, giving regulation enforcement the flexibility to trace our each motion. Let’s not change into a police state and hold physique cameras as they had been initially supposed – to offer police accountability and transparency.

US residents have the correct to privateness and the cheap expectation that public surveillance methods are in place to guard us within the occasion {that a} crime is dedicated.

However AI-powered facial recognition methods aren’t designed to watch public areas for crimes. As we’ve seen in leaked Palantir paperwork, these methods are meant to hook up with a database whereby law enforcement officials have entry to the personal particulars of any citizen. Right here’s a graphic exhibiting what sort of info regulation enforcement officers have obtainable to them with the Palantir app:

Credit score: Vice / DOJ

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