40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

February 18, 2021
Common Dreams

...A coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups is calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action imposing a moratorium on U.S. government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology, block state and local governments from using federal funds for such tools, and support related legislation introduced in Congress last year.

The organizations—including the ACLU, Access Now, Amnesty International USA, Center for Constitutional Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—sent Biden a lengthy letter Tuesday laying out how the use facial recognition technology (FRT) "in policing, public housing, schools, and other areas of public life poses profound and unprecedented threats to core civil rights and civil liberties." ...

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February 18, 2021