California Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Body Cameras
Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Comments

A bill making its way through the California state legislature would block police departments from using facial recognition technology in body cameras.

The bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which released a demonstration that showed 26 California lawmakers showed up as a positive match by a facial recognition software program, falsely flagging the lawmakers as criminals when their photos were compared with a mugshot database.

California Assembly member Phil Ting was one lawmaker falsely flagged as a criminal and said the demonstration showed that facial recognition software is not ready for full use, let alone by body cameras in law enforcement.

The bill passed out of the California Senate Public Safety Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate floor.

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