Studies show that facial recognition systems often identify the wrong person as a criminal up to 98% of the time.2 Worse, it exacerbates existing forms of police discrimination and abuse, and it relies on huge troves of sensitive biometric information that—once collected—is vulnerable to theft and cyber attacks.
Facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety.
Law enforcement officers frequently search facial recognition databases without warrants—or even reasonable suspicion that you’ve done anything wrong. This violates the Fourth Amendment ... and our basic human rights.
Facial recognition software programmatically misidentifies people of color, women, and children —supercharging discrimination and putting vulnerable people at greater risk of systemic abuse.
Once our biometric information is collected and stored in government databases, it’s an easy target for identity thieves or state-sponsored hackers. Successful attacks have already happened, and will only grow more commonplace as government surveillance expands.
Police officers across the United States routinely abuse confidential databases to spy on exes, business partners, neighbors, and journalists.
Facial recognition is unlike any other form of surveillance. It enables automated and ubiquitous monitoring of an entire population, and it is nearly impossible to avoid. If we don’t stop it from spreading, it will be used not to keep us safe, but to control and oppress us—just as it is already being used in authoritarian states.
Cities and states around the country are introducing bills to stop facial recognition surveillance. Call your representatives and/or sign petition here: https://www.banfacialrecognition.com/