DoS urged to probe facial-recognition databases

Dozens of American civil rights groups have called on the US Department of Justice to investigate police use of facial-recognition databases, amid rising concerns over privacy violations and the racial exploitation of surveillance technology.

In a letter to the department on Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with 51 other advocacy groups, argued that the use of facial-recognition databases by a growing number of law enforcement agencies across the US affects minorities and enjoys minimal oversight.

The rights groups said that there were no safeguards to ensure this technology was being used fairly and responsibly.

“In the case of face recognition, there appears to be very few controls or safeguards to ensure it’s not used in situations in which people are engaged in first amendment activity,” said Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU’s legislative counsel.

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