Risks of Face Surveillance in American Cities
May 22, 2019 | Grantee Publications | Technology in the Public Interest

Chicago and Detroit have invested in facial recognition surveillance, and New York City, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. are piloting facial recognition programs, according to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. Bias within facial recognition software and potential for abuses of the technology pose a striking risk to civil society, leading to a chilling effect on free speech and the right to privacy. The Center on Privacy and Technology, a grantee, recommends a moratorium on face surveillance to avoid the potential for abuse and allow communities to fully interrogate the best ways to implement them, if at all, in an equitable way.

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